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  1. Positron annihilation processes update

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    Guessoum, Nidhal; Skibo, Jeffrey G.; Ramaty, Reuven

    1997-01-01

    The present knowledge concerning the positron annihilation processes is reviewed, with emphasis on the data of the cross sections of the various processes of interest in astrophysical applications. Recent results are presented including results on reaction rates and line widths, the validity of which is verified.

  2. Positron annihilation microprobe

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    Canter, K.F. [Brandeis Univ., Waltham, MA (United States)

    1997-03-01

    Advances in positron annihilation microprobe development are reviewed. The present resolution achievable is 3 {mu}m. The ultimate resolution is expected to be 0.1 {mu}m which will enable the positron microprobe to be a valuable tool in the development of 0.1 {mu}m scale electronic devices in the future. (author)

  3. Positron annihilation near fractal surfaces

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    Lung, C.W.; Deng, K.M.; Xiong, L.Y.

    1991-07-01

    A model for positron annihilation in the sub-surface region near a fractal surface is proposed. It is found that the power law relationship between the mean positron implantation depth and incident positron energy can be used to measure the fractal dimension of the fractal surface in materials. (author). 10 refs, 2 figs

  4. Positron annihilation in superconductive metals

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    Dekhtjar, I.J.

    1969-03-10

    A correlation is shown between the parameters of superconductive metals and those of positron annihilation. Particular attention is paid to the density states obtained from the electron specific heat.

  5. Positron annihilation in transparent ceramics

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    Husband, P; Selim, F A; Bartošová, I; Slugeň, V

    2016-01-01

    Transparent ceramics are emerging as excellent candidates for many photonic applications including laser, scintillation and illumination. However achieving perfect transparency is essential in these applications and requires high technology processing and complete understanding for the ceramic microstructure and its effect on the optical properties. Positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) is the perfect tool to study porosity and defects. It has been applied to investigate many ceramic structures; and transparent ceramics field may be greatly advanced by applying PAS. In this work positron lifetime (PLT) measurements were carried out in parallel with optical studies on yttrium aluminum garnet transparent ceramics in order to gain an understanding for their structure at the atomic level and its effect on the transparency and light scattering. The study confirmed that PAS can provide useful information on their microstructure and guide the technology of manufacturing and advancing transparent ceramics. (paper)

  6. Energy-resolved positron annihilation for molecules

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    Barnes, L.D.; Gilbert, S.J.; Surko, C.M.

    2003-01-01

    This paper presents an experimental study designed to address the long-standing question regarding the origin of very large positron annihilation rates observed for many molecules. We report a study of the annihilation, resolved as a function of positron energy (ΔE∼25 meV, full width at half maximum) for positron energies from 50 meV to several eV. Annihilation measurements are presented for a range of hydrocarbon molecules, including a detailed study of alkanes, C n H 2n+2 , for n=1-9 and 12. Data for other molecules are also presented: C 2 H 2 , C 2 H 4 ; CD 4 ; isopentane; partially fluorinated and fluorinated methane (CH x F 4-x ); 1-fluorohexane (C 6 H 13 F) and 1-fluorononane (C 9 H 19 F). A key feature of the results is very large enhancements in the annihilation rates at positron energies corresponding to the excitation of molecular vibrations in larger alkane molecules. These enhancements are believed to be responsible for the large annihilation rates observed for Maxwellian distributions of positrons in molecular gases. In alkane molecules larger than ethane (C 2 H 6 ), the position of these peaks is shifted downward by an amount ∼20 meV per carbon. The results presented here are generally consistent with a physical picture recently considered in detail by Gribakin [Phys. Rev. A 61, 022720 (2000)]. In this model, the incoming positron excites a vibrational Feshbach resonance and is temporarily trapped on the molecule, greatly enhancing the probability of annihilation. The applicability of this model and the resulting enhancement in annihilation rate relies on the existence of positron-molecule bound states. In accord with this reasoning, the experimental results presented here provide the most direct evidence to date that positrons bind to neutral molecules. The shift in the position of the resonances is interpreted as a measure of the binding energy of the positron to the molecule. Other features of the results are also discussed, including large

  7. Digital positron annihilation spectrometer

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    Cheng Bin; Weng Huimin; Han Rongdian; Ye Bangjiao

    2010-01-01

    With the high speed development of digital signal process, the technique of the digitization and processing of signals was applied in the domain of a broad class of nuclear technique. The development of digital positron lifetime spectrometer (DPLS) is more promising than the conventional positron lifetime spectrometer equipped with nuclear instrument modules. And digital lifetime spectrometer has many advantages, such as low noise, long term stability, flexible online or offline digital processing, simple setup, low expense, easy to setting, and more physical information. Digital constant fraction discrimination is for timing. And a new method of optimizing energy windows setting for digital positron lifetime spectrometer is also developed employing the simulated annealing for the convenient use. The time resolution is 220ps and the count rate is 200cps. (authors)

  8. Positron annihilation in the interstellar medium

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    Guessoum, Nidhal; Ramaty, Reuven; Lingenfelter, Richard E.

    1991-01-01

    Positronium formation and annihilation are studied in a model for the interstellar medium consisting of cold cloud cores, warm partially ionized cloud envelopes, and hot intercloud gas. The gamma-ray spectra resulting from positron annihilation in these components of the interstellar medium are calculated. The spectra from the individual components are then combined, using two limiting assumptions for the propagation of the positrons, namely, that the positrons propagate freely throughout the interstellar medium, and that the positrons are excluded from the cold cloud cores. In the first case, the bulk of the positrons annihilate in the cloud cores and the annihilation line exhibits broad wings resulting from the annihilation of positronium formed by charge exchange in flight. In the second case, the positrons annihilate mainly in the warm envelopes, and the line wings are suppressed.

  9. Positron Annihilation in the Undergraduate Laboratory

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    Engbrecht, Jason

    2017-04-01

    While there are a variety of undergraduate laboratory experiments in the literature, they tend to focus on specific positron experiments and use specialized equipment that limit their flexibility. Here we present a positron spectroscopy experimental apparatus designed for the undergraduate lab. Rather than specialized pulse processing the apparatus utilizes a PC oscilloscope as its primary data acquisition utility with pulse processing happening in software instead of hardware. This allows the apparatus to explore a variety of physical phenomena with the positron annihilation including material science, 2 and 3 gamma annihilation properties, polarimetry via Compton scattering, QED tests, and local hidden variable theories. The supporting software is flexible and allows students to pursue these experiments through exploration rather than simply supporting data acquisition. St. Olaf College.

  10. Multimode vibrational couplings in resonant positron annihilation.

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    d'A Sanchez, Sergio; Lima, Marco A P; Varella, Márcio T do N

    2011-09-02

    The mechanisms for multimode vibrational couplings in resonant positron annihilation are not well understood. We show that these resonances can arise from positron-induced distortions of the potential energy surface (target response to the positron field). Though these distortions can transfer energy into single- and multiquantum vibrations, they have so far been disregarded as a pathway to resonant annihilation. We also compare the existing annihilation theories and show that the currently accepted model can be cast as a special case of the Feshbach annihilation theory.

  11. Characterization of lacunar defects by positrons annihilation

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    Barthe, M F; Blondiaux, G

    2003-01-01

    Among the nondestructive methods for the study of matter, the positrons annihilation method allows to sound the electronic structure of materials by measuring the annihilation characteristics. These characteristics depend on the electronic density as seen by the positon, and on the electron momentums distribution which annihilate with the positon. The positon is sensible to the coulombian potential variations inside a material and sounds preferentially the regions away from nuclei which represent potential wells. The lacunar-type defects (lack of nuclei) represent deep potential wells which can trap the positon up to temperatures close to the melting. This article describes the principles of this method and its application to the characterization of lacunar defects: 1 - positrons: matter probes (annihilation of electron-positon pairs, annihilation characteristics, positrons sources); 2 - positrons interactions in solids (implantation profiles, annihilation states, diffusion and trapping, positon lifetime spec...

  12. Method for photon activation positron annihilation analysis

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    Akers, Douglas W.

    2006-06-06

    A non-destructive testing method comprises providing a specimen having at least one positron emitter therein; determining a threshold energy for activating the positron emitter; and determining whether a half-life of the positron emitter is less than a selected half-life. If the half-life of the positron emitter is greater than or equal to the selected half-life, then activating the positron emitter by bombarding the specimen with photons having energies greater than the threshold energy and detecting gamma rays produced by annihilation of positrons in the specimen. If the half-life of the positron emitter is less then the selected half-life, then alternately activating the positron emitter by bombarding the specimen with photons having energies greater then the threshold energy and detecting gamma rays produced by positron annihilation within the specimen.

  13. Positron annihilation induced Auger electron spectroscopy

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    Weiss, Alex; Koymen, A. R.; Mehl, David; Jensen, K. O.; Lei, Chun; Lee, K. H.

    1990-01-01

    Recently, Weiss et al. have demonstrated that it is possible to excite Auger transitions by annihilating core electrons using a low energy (less than 30eV) beam of positrons. This mechanism makes possible a new electron spectroscopy, Positron annihilation induced Auger Electron Spectroscopy (PAES). The probability of exciting an Auger transition is proportional to the overlap of the positron wavefunction with atomic core levels. Since the Auger electron energy provides a signature of the atomic species making the transition, PAES makes it possible to determine the overlap of the positron wavefunction with a particular element. PAES may therefore provide a means of detecting positron-atom complexes. Measurements of PAES intensities from clean and adsorbate covered Cu surfaces are presented which indicate that approx. 5 percent of positrons injected into CU at 25eV produce core annihilations that result in Auger transitions.

  14. Positron annihilation at grain boundaries in metals

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    Kuriplach, J.; Melikhova, O.; Hou, M.; Van Petegem, S.; Zhurkin, E.; Šob, Mojmír

    2007-01-01

    Roč. 4, č. 10 (2007), s. 3461-3464 ISSN 1862-6351. [International Conference on Positron Annihilation /14./. Hamilton, Ontario, 23.07.2006-28.07.2006] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA1041302; GA MŠk OC 147 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20410507 Keywords : positron annihilation * grain boundaries * electronic structure Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism

  15. Nondestructive examination using neutron activated positron annihilation

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    Akers, Douglas W.; Denison, Arthur B.

    2001-01-01

    A method is provided for performing nondestructive examination of a metal specimen using neutron activated positron annihilation wherein the positron emitter source is formed within the metal specimen. The method permits in situ nondestructive examination and has the advantage of being capable of performing bulk analysis to determine embrittlement, fatigue and dislocation within a metal specimen.

  16. Positron annihilation in gamma-ray bursts

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    Harding, Alice K.

    1990-01-01

    Emission features appear at energies of 350 to 450 keV in the spectra of a number of gamma ray burst sources. These features were interpreted as electron-positron annihilation lines, redshifted by the gravitational field near the surface of a neutron star. Evidence that gamma ray bursts originate at neutron stars with magnetic field strengths of approx. 10(exp 12) Gauss came from recent observations of cyclotron scattering harmonics in the spectra of two bursts. Positrons could be produced in gamma ray burst sources either by photon-photon pair production or by one-photon pair production in a strong magnetic field. The annihilation of positrons is affected by the presence of a strong neutron star magnetic field in several ways. The relaxation of transverse momentum conservation causes an intrinsic broadening of the two-photon annihilation line and there is a decrease in the annihilation cross section below the free-space value. An additional channel for one-photon annihilation also becomes possible in high magnetic fields. The physics of pair production and annihilation near strongly magnetized neutron stars will be reviewed. Results from a self-consistent model for non-thermal synchrotron radiation and pair annihilation are beginning to identify the conditions required to produce observable annihilation features from strongly magnetized plasmas.

  17. Positron annihilation characterization of nanostructured ferritic alloys

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    Alinger, M.J.; Glade, S.C.; Wirth, B.D.; Odette, G.R.; Toyama, T.; Nagai, Y.; Hasegawa, M.

    2009-01-01

    Nanostructured ferritic alloys (NFAs) were produced by mechanically alloying Fe-14Cr-3W-0.4Ti and 0.25Y 2 O 3 (wt%) powders followed by hot isostatic pressing consolidation at 850, 1000 and 1150 deg. C. Positron annihilation lifetime and orbital momentum spectroscopy measurements are in qualitative agreement with small angle neutron scattering, transmission electron microscopy and atom probe tomography observations, indicating that up to 50% of the annihilations occur at high densities of Y-Ti-O enriched nm-scale features (NFs). Some annihilations may also occur in small cavities. In Y-free control alloys, that do not contain NFs, positrons primarily annihilate in the Fe-Cr matrix and at features such as dislocations, while a small fraction annihilate in large cavities or Ar bubbles.

  18. Porous silicon investigated by positron annihilation

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    Cruz, R.M. de la; Pareja, R.

    1989-01-01

    The effect of the anodic conversion in silicon single crystals is investigated by positron lifetime measurements. Anodization at constant current induces changes in the positron lifetime spectrum of monocrystalline silicon samples. It is found that theses changes are primarily dependent on the silicon resistivity. The annihilation parameter behaviour of anodized samples, treated at high temperature under reducing conditions, is also investigated. The results reveal that positron annihilation can be a useful technique to characterize porous silicon formed by anodizing as well as to investigate its thermal behaviour. (author)

  19. Positron annihilation in boron nitride

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    N.Amrane

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Electron and positron charge densities are calculated as a function of position in the unit cell for boron nitride. Wave functions are derived from pseudopotential band structure calculations and the independent particle approximation (IPM, respectively, for electrons and positrons. It is observed that the positron density is maximum in the open interstices and is excluded not only from ion cores but also to a considerable degree from valence bonds. Electron-positron momentum densities are calculated for (001,110 planes. The results are used in order to analyse the positron effects in BN.

  20. Positron Cooling and Annihilation in Noble Gases.

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    Green, D G

    2017-11-17

    Positron cooling and annihilation in room temperature noble gases is simulated using accurate scattering and annihilation cross sections calculated with many-body theory, enabling the first simultaneous probing of the energy dependence of the scattering and annihilation cross sections. A strikingly small fraction of positrons is shown to survive to thermalization: ∼0.1 in He, ∼0 in Ne, ∼0.15 in Ar, ∼0.05 in Kr, and ∼0.01 in Xe. For Xe, the time-varying annihilation rate Z[over ¯]_{eff}(τ) is shown to be highly sensitive to the depletion of the momentum distribution due to annihilation, conclusively explaining the long-standing discrepancy between gas-cell and trap-based measurements. Overall, the use of the accurate atomic data gives Z[over ¯]_{eff}(τ) in close agreement with experiment for all noble gases except Ne, the experiment for which is proffered to have suffered from incomplete knowledge of the fraction of positrons surviving to thermalization and/or the presence of impurities.

  1. A positron annihilation study of hydrated DNA

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    Warman, J. M.; Eldrup, Morten Mostgaard

    1986-01-01

    Positron annihilation measurements are reported for hydrated DNA as a function of water content and as a function of temperature (20 to -180.degree. C) for samples containing 10 and 50% wt of water. The ortho-positronium mean lifetime and its intensity show distinct variations with the degree of ...

  2. PAES: Positron annihilation induced Auger electron spectrometer

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    Christoph Hugenschmidt

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Positron annihilation induced Auger electron spectroscopy (PAES is a newly developed application for surface studies with high elemental selectivity and exceptional surface sensitivity. The instrument is operated by the Technische Universität München and is located at NEPOMUC.

  3. A positron annihilation study of hydrated DNA

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    Warman, J. M.; Eldrup, Morten Mostgaard

    1986-01-01

    Positron annihilation measurements are reported for hydrated DNA as a function of water content and as a function of temperature (20 to -180.degree. C) for samples containing 10 and 50% wt of water. The ortho-positronium mean lifetime and its intensity show distinct variations with the degree...

  4. Role of vibrational dynamics in resonant positron annihilation on molecules.

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    Jones, A C L; Danielson, J R; Natisin, M R; Surko, C M

    2013-05-31

    Vibrational Feshbach resonances are dominant features of positron annihilation for incident positron energies in the range of the molecular vibrations. Studies in relatively small molecules are described that elucidate the role of intramolecular vibrational energy redistribution into near-resonant multimode states, and the subsequent coupling of these modes to the positron continuum, in suppressing or enhancing these resonances. The implications for annihilation in other molecular species, and the necessary ingredients of a more complete theory of resonant positron annihilation, are discussed.

  5. Positron annihilation spectroscopy in condensed matter

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    Brauer, G.

    1982-09-01

    The topic of positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) is the investigation of all aspects connected with the annihilation of slow positrons. This work deals with the application of PAS to different problems of materials science. The first chapter is an introduction to fundamental aspects of positron annihilation, as far as they are important to the different experimental techniques of PAS. Chapter 2 is concerned with the information obtainable by PAS. The three main experimental techniques of PAS (2γ-angular correlation, positron lifetime and Doppler broadening) are explained and problems in the application of these methods are discussed. Chapter 3 contains experimental results. According to the different fields of application it was subgrouped into: 1. Investigations of crystalline solids. Detection of structural defects in Cu, estimation of defect concentrations, study of the sintering of Cu powders as well as lattice defects in V 3 Si. 2. Chemical investigations. Structure of mixed solvents, selective solvation of mixed solvents by electrolytes as well as the micellization of sodium dodecylsulphate in aqueous solutions. 3. Investigations of glasses. Influence of heat treatment and production technology on the preorder of X-amorphous silica glass as well as preliminary measurements of pyrocerams. 4. Investigations of metallic glasses. Demonstration of the influence of production technology on parameters measurable by PAS. Chapter 4 contains a summary as well as an outlook of further applications of PAS to surface physics, medicine, biology and astrophysics. (author)

  6. Apparatus for photon activation positron annihilation analysis

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    Akers, Douglas W [Idaho Falls, ID

    2007-06-12

    Non-destructive testing apparatus according to one embodiment of the invention comprises a photon source. The photon source produces photons having predetermined energies and directs the photons toward a specimen being tested. The photons from the photon source result in the creation of positrons within the specimen being tested. A detector positioned adjacent the specimen being tested detects gamma rays produced by annihilation of positrons with electrons. A data processing system operatively associated with the detector produces output data indicative of a lattice characteristic of the specimen being tested.

  7. Positron scattering and annihilation from hydrogenlike ions

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    Novikov, S.A.; Bromley, M.W.J.; Mitroy, J.

    2004-01-01

    The Kohn variational method is used with a configuration-interaction-type wave function to determine the J=0 and J=1 phase shifts and annihilation parameter Z eff for positron-hydrogenic ion scattering. The phase shifts are within 1-2% of the best previous calculations. The values of Z eff are small and do not exceed unity for any of the momenta considered. At thermal energies Z eff is minute with a value of order 10 -50 occurring for He + at k=0.05a 0 -1 . In addition to the variational calculations, analytic expressions for the phase shift and annihilation parameters within the Coulomb wave Born approximation are derived and used to help elucidate the dynamics of positron collisions with positive ions

  8. Direct evidence for positron annihilation from shallow traps

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    Linderoth, Søren; Hidalgo, C.

    1987-01-01

    For deformed Ag the temperature dependence of the positron lifetime parameters is followed between 12 and 300 K. Clear direct evidence for positron trapping and annihilation at shallow traps, with a positron binding energy of 9±2 meV and annihilation characteristics very similar to those...

  9. Positron annihilation radiation from the Galactic center region

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    Ramaty, R.; Lingenfelter, R. E.

    1991-01-01

    Observations show that there are two components of positron annihilation radiation from the region of the Galactic center: a variable component resulting from one or just a few compact sources at or near the Galactic center and a steady, diffuse component resulting from positron annihilation in the Galactic disk. The diffuse component is modeled using the observed longitude distributions of 70-150 MeV gamma rays, CO, and hot plasma revealed by Fe line emission. Recent results on positron annihilation in the interstellar medium are reviewed and the implications of the annihilation processes on the fraction of positrons annihilating via positronium and on the shape of the 511 keV annihilation line are discussed. The sources of diffuse Galactic positrons are also reviewed and the nature of the compact source of annihilation radiation near the Galactic center is discussed.

  10. One-photon annihilation of thermal positrons with bound atomic electrons

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    Jung, Young-Dae

    1994-01-01

    Direct one-photon annihilation rate of positrons with a bound atomic electron is evaluated in the nonrelativistic limit. The K- and L-shell contributions are estimated including the screening and effective Coulomb repulsion effects. The annihilation rate of thermal positrons is calculated for various temperatures. The total number of one-photon annihilation events in the interstellar medium is discussed. These results provide the directional and structural information for cosmic gamma-ray sources.

  11. ANTICOOL: Simulating positron cooling and annihilation in atomic gases

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    Green, D. G.

    2018-03-01

    The Fortran program ANTICOOL, developed to simulate positron cooling and annihilation in atomic gases for positron energies below the positronium-formation threshold, is presented. Given positron-atom elastic scattering phase shifts, normalised annihilation rates Zeff, and γ spectra as a function of momentum k, ANTICOOL enables the calculation of the positron momentum distribution f(k , t) as a function of time t, the time-varying normalised annihilation rate Z¯eff(t) , the lifetime spectrum and time-varying annihilation γ spectra. The capability and functionality of the program is demonstrated via a tutorial-style example for positron cooling and annihilation in room temperature helium gas, using accurate scattering and annihilation cross sections and γ spectra calculated using many-body theory as input.

  12. Study of radiation damage in metals by positron annihilation

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    Gauster, W.B.

    1977-01-01

    Positron annihilation is a sensitive technique for probing defects in metals and it has recently been shown to be a valuable tool for the study of radiation damage. After an introduction to the three basic experimental methods (angular correlation, Doppler broadening, and lifetime measurements), the interaction of positrons with lattice defects is reviewed. Results for the annealing of damage after low temperature irradiation are used to show that positron annihilation has provided new information on annealing kinetics. The role of positron techniques in characterizing complex defect structures resulting from high-temperature neutron irradiation is reviewed and the possible utility of positron annihilation as a nondestructive monitor of property changes is pointed out

  13. Positron annihilation in the nuclear outflows of the Milky Way

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    Panther, Fiona H.; Crocker, Roland M.; Birnboim, Yuval; Seitenzahl, Ivo R.; Ruiter, Ashley J.

    2018-02-01

    Observations of soft gamma rays emanating from the Milky Way from SPI/INTEGRAL reveal the annihilation of ˜2 × 1043 positrons every second in the Galactic bulge. The origin of these positrons, which annihilate to produce a prominent emission line centred at 511 keV, has remained mysterious since their discovery almost 50 yr ago. A plausible origin for the positrons is in association with the intense star formation ongoing in the Galactic centre. Moreover, there is strong evidence for a nuclear outflow in the Milky Way. We find that advective transport and subsequent annihilation of positrons in such an outflow cannot simultaneously replicate the observed morphology of positron annihilation in the Galactic bulge and satisfy the requirement that 90 per cent of positrons annihilate once the outflow has cooled to 104 K.

  14. Positron Transport and Annihilation in the Galactic Bulge

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    Fiona Helen Panther

    2018-03-01

    Full Text Available The annihilation of positrons in the Milky Way Galaxy has been observed for ∼50 years; however, the production sites of these positrons remains hard to identify. The observed morphology of positron annihilation gamma-rays provides information on the annihilation sites of these Galactic positrons. It is understood that the positrons responsible for the annihilation signal originate at MeV energies. The majority of sources of MeV positrons occupy the star-forming thin disk of the Milky Way. If positrons propagate far from their sources, we must develop accurate models of positron propagation through all interstellar medium (ISM phases in order to reveal the currently uncertain origin of these Galactic positrons. On the other hand, if positrons annihilate close to their sources, an alternative source of MeV positrons with a distribution that matches the annihilation morphology must be identified. In this work, I discuss the various models that have been developed to understand the origin of the 511 keV line from the direction of the Galactic bulge, and the propagation of positrons in the ISM.

  15. Studies of defects and defect agglomerates by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Eldrup, Morten Mostgaard; Singh, B.N.

    1997-01-01

    A brief introduction to positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS), and in particular lo its use for defect studies in metals is given. Positrons injected into a metal may become trapped in defects such as vacancies, vacancy clusters, voids, bubbles and dislocations and subsequently annihilate from...

  16. Positron annihilation studies of neutron irradiated reactor pressure vessel steels

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    Brauer, G.; Liszkay, L.; Molnar, B.

    1988-01-01

    Several annealing studies by positron annihilation (Doppler broadening, lifetime) on neutron irradiated Cr-Mo-V reactor pressure vessel steels (Soviet type 15Kh2MFA) regarding the influences of irradiation temperature, fluence of fast neutrons as well as different impurity contents are presented and discussed. A possibility of explaining the positron annihilation data by irradiation induced carbide formation is proposed. (author)

  17. First positron annihilation lifetime measurement of Pu

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    Colmenares, C.; Howell, R.H.; Ancheta, D.; Cowan, T.; Hanafee, J.; Sterne, P.

    1996-01-01

    We have made the first measurement of defects in an aged sample of δ phase, Ga stabilized Pu, using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy. This measurement validates the procedure necessary to perform measurements on this highly toxic material and obtain data representative of sample conditions. Comparison of the positron annihilation lifetime analysis of the data with calculated values suggests that He filled vacancies or vacancy clusters dominate the defect population. Such defects are the necessary precursor to void growth and swelling. The evolution of defects resulting from the radioactive decay of Pu during its life in the stockpile is one of the unknown quantities affecting our confidence in predictions of the limit on stockpile components. Radiation damage leads to changes in the size and strength of metals studied for reactor and accelerator use and similar effects may be expected in Pu. The evolution of radiation produced vacancies into larger void structures and accompanying macroscopic swelling may occur in Pu at some age. A detailed understanding of the defects in self irradiated Pu is required to predict the time scale of void swelling and related radiation effects. 1 fig

  18. Simulation of the annihilation emission of galactic positrons

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    Gillard, W.

    2008-01-01

    Positrons annihilate in the central region of our Galaxy. This has been known since the detection of a strong emission line centered on an energy of 511 keV in the direction of the Galactic center. This gamma-ray line is emitted during the annihilation of positrons with electrons from the interstellar medium. The spectrometer SPI, onboard the INTEGRAL observatory, performed spatial and spectral analyses of the positron annihilation emission. This thesis presents a study of the Galactic positron annihilation emission based on models of the different interactions undergone by positrons in the interstellar medium. The models are relied on our present knowledge of the properties of the interstellar medium in the Galactic bulge, where most of the positrons annihilate, and of the physics of positrons (production, propagation and annihilation processes). In order to obtain constraints on the positrons sources and physical characteristics of the annihilation medium, we compared the results of the models to measurements provided by the SPI spectrometer. (author)

  19. Thermal equilibrium defects in anthracene probed by positron annihilation

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    Uedono, Akira; Tanigawa, Shoichiro; Tachibana, Masaru; Shimizu, Mikio; Satoh, Masaaki; Kojima, Kenichi; Ishibashi, Shoji; Kawano, Takao.

    1996-01-01

    Defects in anthracene were investigated by the positron annihilation technique. Doppler broadening profiles of the annihilation radiation and lifetime spectra of positrons were measured in the temperature range between 305 K and 516 K. The lifetime of positrons annihilated from the delocalized state was determined to be 0.306 ns around room temperature. Below the melting point, the observed temperature dependence of the line shape parameter S was explained assuming the formation energy of thermal equilibrium defects was 1 eV. Above the melting point, the pick-off annihilation of ortho-positronium in open spaces was observed, where the size of these spaces was estimated to be 0.2 nm 3 . The annihilation of positrons from the self-trapped state was also discussed. (author)

  20. Thermal equilibrium defects in anthracene probed by positron annihilation

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    Uedono, Akira; Tanigawa, Shoichiro [Tsukuba Univ., Ibaraki (Japan). Inst. of Materials Science; Tachibana, Masaru; Shimizu, Mikio; Satoh, Masaaki; Kojima, Kenichi; Ishibashi, Shoji; Kawano, Takao

    1996-06-01

    Defects in anthracene were investigated by the positron annihilation technique. Doppler broadening profiles of the annihilation radiation and lifetime spectra of positrons were measured in the temperature range between 305 K and 516 K. The lifetime of positrons annihilated from the delocalized state was determined to be 0.306 ns around room temperature. Below the melting point, the observed temperature dependence of the line shape parameter S was explained assuming the formation energy of thermal equilibrium defects was 1 eV. Above the melting point, the pick-off annihilation of ortho-positronium in open spaces was observed, where the size of these spaces was estimated to be 0.2 nm{sup 3}. The annihilation of positrons from the self-trapped state was also discussed. (author)

  1. Positron annihilation in germanium in thermal equilibrium at high temperature

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    Uedono, Akira; Moriya, Tsuyoshi; Komuro, Naoyuki; Tanigawa, Shoichiro [Tsukuba Univ., Ibaraki (Japan). Inst. of Materials Science; Kawano, Takao; Ikari, Atsushi

    1996-09-01

    Annihilation characteristics of positrons in Ge in thermal equilibrium at high temperature were studied using a monoenergetic positron beam. Precise measurements of Doppler broadening profiles of annihilation radiation were performed in the temperature range between 300 K and 1211 K. The line shape parameters of Doppler broadening profiles were found to be almost constant at 300-600 K. The changes in these parameters were observed to start above 600 K. This was attributed to both the decrease in the fraction of positrons annihilating with core electrons and the lowering of the crystal symmetry around the region detected by positron-electron pairs. This suggests that behaviors of positrons are dominated by some form of positron-lattice coupling in Ge at high temperatures. The temperature dependence of the diffusion length of positrons was also discussed. (author)

  2. Investigation of highly activated materials by conventional positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Sabelova, V.; Petriska, M.; Slugen, V.; Krsjak, V.

    2013-01-01

    Positron annihilation process is helpful tool for material microstructure study. Many useful methods for detecting vacancies and their clusters in various alloys use its principle. Experimental procedure of positron source preparation (radioactive 22 Na) for these methods is difficult task. The unusual small sample dimensions of studied irradiated Eurofer 97 alloy form difficult conditions for its manufacturing. The unique sodium positron source proper preparation is confirmed by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) and coincidence Doppler broadening spectroscopy (CDBS) in Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland. (authors)

  3. Polymerization of epoxy resins studied by positron annihilation

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    Suzuki, T.; Hayashi, T.; Ito, Y.

    1999-01-01

    The polymerization process of epoxy resins (bisphenol-A dicyanate) was studied using positron-annihilation spectroscopy. The polymerization from monomer to polymer through a polymerization reaction was followed by positron-annihilation lifetime spectroscopy measurements. Resins kept at curing temperatures (120, 150 and 200 o C) changed form from of powder to a solid through a liquid. The size of the intermolecular spaces of the solid samples increased along with the progress of polymerization. (author)

  4. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy of macromolecules

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    Simon, G.

    1996-01-01

    Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) is a technique which makes use of the anti- particle of the electron, the positron (e + ), first predicted by Dirac in 1931. This talk will concentrate on the use of PALS as a technique in characterising macromolecules. PALS has been used by various groups to evaluate many properties that one associates with free volume such as physical ageing, gas permeability, the glass transition, uptake of a solvent, crystallinity, crosslinking, molecular mobility. One area of much interest has been the use of this technique in looking at miscibility of polymer blends. In miscible blends, the interactions of the different polymers may be expected to lead to a negative free volume of mixing because of the strong attraction between the different chains. This may influence the free volume properties. Conversely, if a material is partially miscible or totally immiscible, this should influence both the size and total content of free volume. This should be related to other properties such as mechanical properties and molecular mobility, such as measured by dielectric relaxation spectroscopy. Variations on this involve copolymerization of crosslinked materials or linear thermoplastics (the ultimate 'molecular' miscibility) and this will also be discussed. Multiphase systems such as water uptake in polymers can vary polymer properties by filling molecular voids, as well as disturbing chain conformations and, in the case of polar polymers, associating with the polymer chains. The effect of polymer molecular structure on free volume - particularly in rigid polymer chains such as substituted poly(phenylenes) and liquid crystalline polymers will also be presented. Indeed, the unusual packing which arises from such anisotropic molecules leads to unusual behaviours both of the homolpolymers and subsequent liquid crystal polymer - liquid crystal polymer blends

  5. Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy study of minerals commonly found in shale

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    Alsleben, Helge; Ameena, Fnu; Bufkin, James; Chun, Joah; Quarles, C. A.

    2018-01-01

    Positron Annihilation Lifetime and Doppler Broadening spectroscopies are used to investigate twenty-three different rock-forming minerals that are commonly found in shale. Doppler Broadening provides information about the positron and positronium (Ps) trapping sites for comparison among the various minerals. Correlations of positron lifetime and Doppler Broadening are observed for different groups of minerals. Finally, Ps formation, or lack thereof, in the various minerals has been determined.

  6. Origin and annihilation physics of positrons in the Galaxy

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    Alexis, Anthony

    2014-01-01

    A gamma radiation at 511 keV is observed since the early 1970's toward the Galactic bulge region. This emission is the signature of a large number of electron-positron annihilations, the positron being the electron's antiparticle. Unfortunately, the origin of the positrons responsible for this emission is still a mystery. Many positron-source candidates have been suggested but none of them can account for the galactic annihilation emission. The spatial distribution of this emission is indeed very atypical. Since 2002, the SPI spectrometer onboard the INTEGRAL space laboratory revealed an emission strongly concentrated toward the galactic bulge and a weaker emission from the galactic disk. This morphology is unusual because it does not correspond to any of the known galactic astrophysical-object or interstellar-matter distributions. The assumption that positrons annihilate close to their sources (i.e. the spatial distribution of the annihilation emission reflects the spatial distribution of the sources) has consequently been called into question. Recent studies suggest that positrons could propagate far away from their sources before annihilating. This physical aspect could be the key point to solve the riddle of the galactic positron origin. This thesis is devoted to the modelling of the propagation and annihilation of positrons in the Galaxy, in order to compare simulated spatial models of the annihilation emission with recent measurements provided by SPI/INTEGRAL. This method allows to put constraints on the origin of galactic positrons. We therefore developed a propagation Monte-Carlo code of positrons within the Galaxy in which we implemented all the theoretical and observational knowledge about positron physics (sources, transport modes, energy losses, annihilation modes) and the interstellar medium of our Galaxy (interstellar gas distributions, galactic magnetic fields, structures of the gaseous phases). Due to uncertainties in several physical parameters

  7. Molecular model for annihilation rates in positron complexes

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    Assafrao, Denise; Walters, H.R. James; Mohallem, Jose R.

    2008-01-01

    The molecular approach for positron interaction with atoms is developed further. Potential energy curves for positron motion are obtained. Two procedures accounting for the nonadiabatic effective positron mass are introduced for calculating annihilation rate constants. The first one takes the bound-state energy eigenvalue as an input parameter. The second is a self-contained and self-consistent procedure. The methods are tested with quite different states of the small complexes HPs, e + He (electronic triplet) and e + Be (electronic singlet and triplet). For states yielding the positronium cluster, the annihilation rates are quite stable, irrespective of the accuracy in binding energies. For the e + Be states, annihilation rates are larger and more consistent with qualitative predictions than previously reported ones

  8. Molecular model for annihilation rates in positron complexes

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    Assafrao, Denise [Laboratorio de Atomos e Moleculas Especiais, Departamento de Fisica, ICEx, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, P.O. Box 702, 30123-970 Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil); Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Queen' s University of Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom); Walters, H.R. James [Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Queen' s University of Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom); Mohallem, Jose R. [Laboratorio de Atomos e Moleculas Especiais, Departamento de Fisica, ICEx, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, P.O. Box 702, 30123-970 Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil); Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Queen' s University of Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)], E-mail: rachid@fisica.ufmg.br

    2008-02-15

    The molecular approach for positron interaction with atoms is developed further. Potential energy curves for positron motion are obtained. Two procedures accounting for the nonadiabatic effective positron mass are introduced for calculating annihilation rate constants. The first one takes the bound-state energy eigenvalue as an input parameter. The second is a self-contained and self-consistent procedure. The methods are tested with quite different states of the small complexes HPs, e{sup +}He (electronic triplet) and e{sup +}Be (electronic singlet and triplet). For states yielding the positronium cluster, the annihilation rates are quite stable, irrespective of the accuracy in binding energies. For the e{sup +}Be states, annihilation rates are larger and more consistent with qualitative predictions than previously reported ones.

  9. Absorbed dose in polymers during a positron annihilation experiment

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    Suzuki, T.; Namito, Y.; Oki, Y.; Numajiri, M.; Miura, T.; Hirayama, H.; Kondo, K.; Ito, Y.

    1994-01-01

    A positron annihilation lifetime (PAL) technique has been recognized as being a useful method to study the characteristics of polymers. However, radiation effects due to positrons used as a probe have been raised as being a problem, since positrons emitted from 22 Na have sufficient energy to induce radiation damage in polymers. In this study, the radiation dose induced by positrons emitted from 22 Na was estimated for such polymers like polyethylenes and polypropylenes using the EGS4 code. The radiation damage during PAL measurements is also discussed. It has been shown that the calculated dose is consistent with that estimated from an empirical equation of the mass-attenuation coefficient. (author)

  10. Probing Positron Cooling in Noble Gases via Annihilation γ Spectra.

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    Green, D G

    2017-11-17

    γ spectra for positron annihilation in noble-gas atoms are calculated using many-body theory for positron momenta up to the positronium-formation threshold. These data are used, together with time-evolving positron-momentum distributions determined in the preceding Letter [Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 203403 (2017)PRLTAO0031-9007], to calculate the time-varying γ spectra produced during positron cooling in noble gases. The γ spectra and their S[over ¯] and W[over ¯] shape parameters are shown to be sensitive probes of the time evolution of the positron momentum distribution and thus provide a means of studying positron cooling that is complementary to positron lifetime spectroscopy.

  11. The influence of antioxidant on positron annihilation in polypropylene

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    Djourelov, N.; He, C.; Suzuki, T.; Ito, Y; Kondo, K.; Ito, Y.; Shantarovich, V.P.

    2003-01-01

    The purpose of this report is to check the influence of the carbonyl groups (CG), created by oxygen naturally dissolved in a polymer matrix and by the source irradiation, on annihilation characteristics of free positrons using the positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) and coincidence Doppler-broadening spectroscopy (CDBS). Positron annihilation in a pure polypropylene (PP) and in an antioxidant-containing polypropylene (PPA) sample at room and low temperatures has been studied by CDBS. PALS has been used as an o-Ps (orth-positronium) formation monitor. The momentum density distributions of electrons obtained by CDBS at the beginning of measurements have been compared to that at the o-Ps intensity saturation level. It has been shown that the initial concentration of carbonyl groups in a PP sample is high, while for an antioxidant-containing sample, PPA, carbonyl groups are not detected by CDBS. CDBS spectra for a PP can be explained by annihilation of free positrons with the oxygen contained in the carbonyl groups. For a PPA sample, no significant contribution of annihilation with oxygen core electrons can be concluded. (Y. Kazumata)

  12. Application of positron annihilation technique to reverse osmosis membrane materials

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    Shimazu, A.; Ikeda, K.; Miyazaki, T.; Ito, Y.

    2000-01-01

    Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy has been adopted as a new approach for studying vacancies of reverse osmosis membrane materials composed of cellulose acetate films and aromatic polyamide resins. The intensity of the ortho-positronium (o-Ps) lifetime increased with the amount of vacancies determined using N 2 isotherm at -195 deg. C. Changes of vacancy profiles induced by heat treatment in the cellulose acetate films were detected using o-Ps. It was found that the positron annihilation technique is applicable to the study of vacancy profiles associated with salt selectivity in typical reverse osmosis membranes.

  13. High sensitivity of positron annihilation to thermal oxidation of polyethylene

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    Ito, Kenji; Kobayashi, Yoshinori; Nanasawa, Atsushi

    2003-01-01

    We demonstrate the high sensitivity of positron annihilation to compositional changes related to the thermal degradation of polyethylene (PE). Positron annihilation γ-ray and lifetime measurements were conducted for PE films with and without antioxidant (1000-ppm Ciba® IRGANOX® 1076), subjected to heat treatment at 100 °C for different periods, to a maximum of 30 days. For the film without antioxidant, the positron Doppler parameter (S) and ortho-positronium formation probability (Io-Ps) appreciably decreased with increased heat treatment times, whereas they barely changed for the film with antioxidant. This, together with the Fourier transform infrared measurements, demonstrated that the variations of S and Io-Ps are caused by the thermal oxidation of PE. The S parameter was found to be sensitive to the early stage of degradation, where the carbonyl concentration is inferred to be lower than 100 ppm. The high sensitivity results from the large positron mobility in PE and from the high positron affinity of oxygen-containing polar groups. This work provides the basis for an application of positron annihilation to sensitive detection of the initial degradation of PE and other nonpolar polymers.

  14. Production of new particles in electron-positron annihilation

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    Gilman, F.J.

    1977-02-01

    A number of areas are reviewed where there is important progress in the production of new particles in electron--positron annihilation, but of a more detailed quantitative nature. Charmonium states, charmed mesons, and evidence for a charged heavy lepton are covered. 50 references

  15. Peculiarities of the early Universe (Universes) birth and positron annihilation

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    Svetlov-Prokop'ev, E.P.

    2003-01-01

    Works on the problem of quantum birth of the Universe are reviewed. Possible peculiarities of electron-positron annihilation at the early stages of the Universe (s) birth in connection with black holes are considered. Possible concept of Eternity is discussed. (author)

  16. Positron Annihilation in a Rubber Modified Epoxy Resin

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    Mogensen, O. E.; Jacobsen, F. M.; Pethrick, R. A.

    1979-01-01

    Positron annihilation data is reported on a rubber-modified epoxy resin. Studies of the temperature dependence of the o-positronium lifetime indicated the existence of three distinct regions; the associated transition temperatures by comparison with dilatometric data can be ascribed respectively...

  17. Positron annihilation and tribological studies of nano-embedded Al ...

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    Positron annihilation studies of aluminium alloys with nanodispersions of insoluble elements, i.e., In, Sn, Pb and Au were reported. The alloys were obtained using a rapid solidification process. For all alloys, except that with Au, the average diameter of nanoparticles in aluminium matrix was 100 nm, and variance of the size ...

  18. Positron annihilation in vacancies at grain boundaries in metals

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    Kuriplach, J.; Melikhova, O.; Hou, M.; Van Petegem, S.; Zhurkin, E.; Šob, Mojmír

    2008-01-01

    Roč. 255, č. 1 (2008), s. 128-132 ISSN 0169-4332 R&D Projects: GA MŠk OC 147; GA AV ČR IAA1041302 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20410507 Keywords : Positron annihilation * Grain boundaries * Vacancies Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.576, year: 2008

  19. Is positron annihilation in polyamide 6 affected by morphology?

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    Debowska, M.; Piglowski, J.; Slusarczyk, C.; Schmidt, Pavel; Rudzinska-Girulska, J.; Suzuki, T.; Yu, R.; Binias, W.

    2005-01-01

    Roč. 132, SI (2005), s. 64-68 ISSN 1230-3666. [International Conference on X-Ray Investigation of Polymer Structure /6./. Bielsko-Biala, 08.12.2004-11.12.2004] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : polyamide 6 * crystalline regions * positron annihilation Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 0.397, year: 2005

  20. Measurement of positron annihilation lifetimes for positron burst by multi-detector array

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    Wang, B. Y.; Kuang, P.; Liu, F. Y.; Han, Z. J.; Cao, X. Z.; Zhang, P.

    2018-03-01

    It is currently impossible to exploit the timing information in a gamma-ray pulse generated within nanoseconds when a high-intensity positron burst annihilation event occurs in a target using conventional single-detector methods. A state-of-the-art solution to the problem is proposed in this paper. In this approach, a multi-detector array composed of many independent detection cells mounted spherically around the target is designed to detect the time distribution of the annihilated gamma rays generated following, in particular, a positron burst emitting huge amounts of positrons in a short pulse duration, even less than a few nano- or picoseconds.

  1. Positron annihilation studies of mesoporous silica films using a slow positron beam

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    He Chunqing; Muramatsu, Makoto; Ohdaira, Toshiyuki; Kinomura, Atsushi; Suzuki, Ryoichi; Ito, Kenji; Kabayashi, Yoshinori

    2006-01-01

    Positron annihilation lifetime spectra were measured for mesoporous silica films, which were synthesized using triblock copolymer (EO 106 PO 70 EO 106 ) as a structure-directing agent. Different positron lifetime spectra for the deposited and calcined films indicated the formation of meso-structure after calcination, which was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra and field emission-scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) observation. Open porosity or pore interconnectivity of a silica film might be evaluated by a two-dimensional positron annihilation lifetime spectrum of an uncapped film. Pore sizes and their distributions in the silica films were found to be affected by thermal treatments

  2. Computer Simulation of Electron Positron Annihilation Processes

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    Chen, y

    2003-10-02

    With the launching of the Next Linear Collider coming closer and closer, there is a pressing need for physicists to develop a fully-integrated computer simulation of e{sup +}e{sup -} annihilation process at center-of-mass energy of 1TeV. A simulation program acts as the template for future experiments. Either new physics will be discovered, or current theoretical uncertainties will shrink due to more accurate higher-order radiative correction calculations. The existence of an efficient and accurate simulation will help us understand the new data and validate (or veto) some of the theoretical models developed to explain new physics. It should handle well interfaces between different sectors of physics, e.g., interactions happening at parton levels well above the QCD scale which are described by perturbative QCD, and interactions happening at much lower energy scale, which combine partons into hadrons. Also it should achieve competitive speed in real time when the complexity of the simulation increases. This thesis contributes some tools that will be useful for the development of such simulation programs. We begin our study by the development of a new Monte Carlo algorithm intended to perform efficiently in selecting weight-1 events when multiple parameter dimensions are strongly correlated. The algorithm first seeks to model the peaks of the distribution by features, adapting these features to the function using the EM algorithm. The representation of the distribution provided by these features is then improved using the VEGAS algorithm for the Monte Carlo integration. The two strategies mesh neatly into an effective multi-channel adaptive representation. We then present a new algorithm for the simulation of parton shower processes in high energy QCD. We want to find an algorithm which is free of negative weights, produces its output as a set of exclusive events, and whose total rate exactly matches the full Feynman amplitude calculation. Our strategy is to create

  3. Positron Annihilation Study of Defects in Succinonitrile

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    Eldrup, Morten Mostgaard; Pedersen, Niels Jørgen; Sherwood, J. N.

    1979-01-01

    Positron lifetime and angular correlation measurements have been made on the plastic crystal succinonitrile. They confirm the phase transition at 234 ± 1 K. In the plastic phase the average orthopositronium lifetime increases with temperature and saturates at the highest temperatures. This is int...

  4. Effect of Voids on Angular Correlation of Positron Annihilation Photons in Molybdenum

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    Mogensen, O. E.; Petersen, K.; Cotterill, R. M. J.

    1972-01-01

    POSITRON annihilation investigations of defects in crystals have shown that for sufficiently high defect concentrations (typically above about 10−6) all positrons become trapped in the defects before annihilation, thus changing the characteristics of the annihilation process. For example, trapping...... be disturbed either in a random fashion or arranged in a macro lattice7....

  5. Positron annihilation in the aging alloy Ti49Ni51

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    Baturin, A.A.; Grishkov, V.N.; Lotkov, A.I.

    2002-01-01

    The processes of low temperature aging in alloy Ti 49 Ni 51 at temperatures of 443 and 523 K are investigated using the method of angular correlation of annihilation irradiation. The distinction of positron behaviour in aging TiNi base alloys from that in aging solid solutions on the basis of unalloyed metals is the positron location in type (0001) plane of Ti 3 Ni 4 phase structure which consist practically of nickel atoms only. As this taken place, the parameters of angular correlation spectra are defined by chemical composition of these layers depending on Ti and Ni atoms redistribution between neighboring layers [ru

  6. Positron annihilation study on defects in ion-implanted Si

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    Akahane, T.; Fujinami, M.; Sawada, T.

    2003-01-01

    Two-detector coincidence measurements of the Doppler broadened annihilation spectra with a variable energy positron beam are carried out for the study of the annealing behavior of Si implanted with As, P, Cu and H ions. In P-implanted Si, growth of the defect complexes are observed in coincidence Doppler broadening spectra up to 400degC. In Cu-implanted Si, the formation of defect-Cu complexes is indicated. In H-implanted Si, the passivation effect of hydrogen on positron traps are observed in the low temperature region up to 400degC. (author)

  7. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy study of roller burnished magnesium alloy

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    Full Text Available The effect of roller burnishing on Vickers’ hardness and positron lifetimes in the AZ91HP magnesium alloy was studied. The microhardness increases with an increase in the burnishing force and with a decrease in the feed. The comparison of various methods of analysis of positron annihilation lifetime (PAL spectra allowed identification of two components, which are related to solute-vacancy complexes and vacancy clusters, respectively. It was found that the increase in microhardness was related to the increase in the concentration of vacancy clusters.

  8. Comments on charm production in electron positron annihilation

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    Close, F.E.

    1976-09-01

    The circumstances are discussed in which the production of D anti D: DD*: D* anti D* in electron positron annihilation is expected to be in the ratio 1:4:7 suggested by counting the available spin states. The physical significance of the requisite assumptions is discussed. The importance of taking into account the finite detector acceptance is stressed and tests for a possible 3 D 1 component in the D* are proposed. (author)

  9. Investigation of corrosion defects in titanium by positron annihilation

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The positron annihilation method was used to study the formation of defects in titanium samples during their corrosion in the vapor of a 3% HCl solution. In particular, the distribution of defects depending on the distance from the corroding surface and the impact of an external magnetic field on the concentration of vacancies forming during the corrosion of titanium layers close to the surface were determined.

  10. The PAMELA positron excess from annihilations into a light boson

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    Cholis, Ilias; Goodenough, Lisa; Weiner, Neal [Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics, Department of Physics, New York University, New York, NY 10003 (United States); Finkbeiner, Douglas P., E-mail: ijc219@nyu.edu, E-mail: dfinkbeiner@cfa.harvard.edu, E-mail: lcg261@nyu.edu, E-mail: neal.weiner@nyu.edu [Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States)

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    Recently published results from the PAMELA experiment have shown conclusive evidence for an excess of positrons at high ( ∼ 10–100 GeV) energies, confirming earlier indications from HEAT and AMS-01. Such a signal is generally expected from dark matter annihilations. However, the hard positron spectrum and large amplitude are difficult to achieve in most conventional WIMP models. The absence of any associated excess in anti-protons is highly constraining on models with hadronic annihilation modes. We revisit an earlier proposal, wherein the dark matter annihilates into a new light (∼positrons.

  11. New particles produced in electron--positron annihilation

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    Perl, M.L.

    1975-01-01

    The main properties of the new particles produced in e + e - annihilation are reviewed. Included are properties of the continuum region, the 4.1-GeV enhancement, the psi and psi', radiative decays of the psi and psi', singly charmed particle searches in e + - e - annihilation, and the e/sub μ/ events

  12. Positron annihilation and polymerization of epoxy

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    Suzuki, T.; Ito, Y.; Endo, K.; Fujita, S.

    1989-01-01

    Positron lifetime measurement has been applied to the investigation of solidification from the liquid state to the solid state in epoxy with different mixing ratios of resin and hardener. It has been shown that the mixing ratios and the physical states of liquid, gel, and solid affect positronium formation. In samples with an excess of hardener, long-lived components were observed in the liquid and gel states, while they disappeared after solidification. Positronium formation in epoxy is strongly affected by the heating process of epoxy samples. (author)

  13. Simulation of the annihilation emission of galactic positrons; Modelisation de l'emission d'annihilation des positrons Galactiques

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    Gillard, W

    2008-01-15

    Positrons annihilate in the central region of our Galaxy. This has been known since the detection of a strong emission line centered on an energy of 511 keV in the direction of the Galactic center. This gamma-ray line is emitted during the annihilation of positrons with electrons from the interstellar medium. The spectrometer SPI, onboard the INTEGRAL observatory, performed spatial and spectral analyses of the positron annihilation emission. This thesis presents a study of the Galactic positron annihilation emission based on models of the different interactions undergone by positrons in the interstellar medium. The models are relied on our present knowledge of the properties of the interstellar medium in the Galactic bulge, where most of the positrons annihilate, and of the physics of positrons (production, propagation and annihilation processes). In order to obtain constraints on the positrons sources and physical characteristics of the annihilation medium, we compared the results of the models to measurements provided by the SPI spectrometer. (author)

  14. A multi-parameter, acquisition system positron annihilation lifetime spectrometer

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    Sharshar, T.

    2004-01-01

    A positron annihilation lifetime spectrometer employing a multi-parameter acquisition system has been prepared for various purposes such as the investigation and characterization of solid-state materials. The fast-fast coincidence technique was used in the present spectrometer with a pair of plastic scintillation detectors. The acquisition system is based on the Kmax software and on CAMAC modules. The data are acquired in event-by-event list mode. The time spectrum for the desired energy windows can be obtained by off-line data sorting and analysis. The spectrometer for event-by-event data acquisition is an important step to construct a positron age-momentum correlation (AMOC) spectrometer. The AMOC technique is especially suited for the observation of positron transitions between different states during their lifetime. The system performance was tested and the results were presented and discussed

  15. Positron Annihilation Study of Ion-irradiated Si

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    Shin, Jung Ki; Kwon, Jun Hyun; Lee, Jong Yong

    2009-01-01

    Structural parts like a spaceship, satellite and solar cell are composed of metal alloy or semiconductor materials. Especially, Si is used as a primary candidate alloy. But, manned and robotic missions to the Earth's moon and Mars are exposed to a continuous flux of Galactic Cosmic Rays (GCR) and occasional, but intense, fluxes of Solar Energetic Particles. These natural radiations impose hazards to manned exploration. Irradiation of cosmic particle induces various changes in the mechanical and physical properties of device steels. It is, therefore, important to investigate radiation damage to the component materials in semiconductor. The evolution of radiation-induced defects leads to degradation of the mechanical properties. One of them includes irradiation embrittlement, which can cause a loss of ductility and further increase the probability of a brittle fracture. It can be more dangerous in the space. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy(PALS) have been applied to investigate the production of vacancy-type defects for Ion-irradiated Si wafer penetrated by H, He, O and Fe ions. Then, we carried out a comparison with an un-irradiated Si wafer

  16. Influence of substituents on positron annihilation in styrene copolymers

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    Baranowski, A.; Debowska, M.; Jerie, K.; Rudzinska-Girulska, J.

    1995-01-01

    Results of angular correlation of annihilation radiation (ACAR) and positron annihilation lifetime (PAL) measurements are presented for five styrene copolymers: poly(co-styrene-phenylmaleimide) and its three derivatives with chlorine as well as for one with the OH group substituted at the benzene ring. It occurs that the chlorine substituted at three different positions at the benzene ring poly(co-styrene-o (or -m,-p)-chlorophenylmaleimide) inhibits the formation of the positronium to different extent. The greatest effect is observed in case of the chlorine atom substituted at the benzene ring at the ortho-position towards the nitrogen atom. The two long lifetime (τ 3 and τ 4 ) observed in the lifetime spectra are connected with the bimodal distributions of the free volume radius in the samples. (author) 13 refs.; 3 figs.; 3 tabs

  17. Positron annihilation studies of some charge transfer molecular complexes

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    El-Sayed, A; Boraei, A A A

    2000-01-01

    Positron annihilation lifetimes were measured for some solid charge transfer (CT) molecular complexes of quinoline compounds (2,6-dimethylquinoline, 6-methoxyquinoline, quinoline, 6-methylquinoline, 3-bromoquinoline and 2-chloro-4-methylquinoline) as electron donor and picric acid as an electron acceptor. The infrared spectra (IR) of the solid complexes clearly indicated the formation of the hydrogen-bonding CT-complexes. The annihilation spectra were analyzed into two lifetime components using PATFIT program. The values of the average and bulk lifetimes divide the complexes into two groups according to the non-bonding ionization potential of the donor (electron donating power) and the molecular weight of the complexes. Also, it is found that the ionization potential of the donors and molecular weight of the complexes have a conspicuous effect on the average and bulk lifetime values. The bulk lifetime values of the complexes are consistent with the formation of stable hydrogen-bonding CT-complexes as inferred...

  18. Positron annihilation characteristics in multi-wall carbon nanotubes with different average diameters

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    Tuyen, L A; Khiem, D D; Phuc, P T; Kajcsos, Zs; Lázár, K; Tap, T D

    2013-01-01

    Positron lifetime spectroscopy was used to study multi-wall carbon nanotubes. The measurements were performed in vacuum on the samples having different average diameters. The positron lifetime values depend on the nanotube diameter. The results also show an influence of the nanotube diameter on the positron annihilation intensity on the nanotube surface. The change in the annihilation probability is described and interpreted by the modified diffusion model introducing the positron escape rate from the nanotubes to their external surface.

  19. Morphology of Thermoset Polyimides by Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy

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    Ranganathaiah, C.; Pater, R. H.; Sprinkle, D. R.; Baugher, A. H.; Eftekhari, A.; Singh, J. J.

    1994-01-01

    Thermoset polyimides have great potential for successfully meeting tough stress and temperature challenges in the advanced aircraft development program. However, studies of structure/property relationships in these materials have not been very successful so far. Positron annihilation spectroscopy has been used to investigate free volumes and associated parameters. It has been noted that the free volume correlates well with the molecular weight, cross-link density and thermal coefficient of expansion of these materials. Currently no other techniques are available for direct measurement of these parameters. Experimental results and their interpretations will be discussed.

  20. Fatigue damage in superalloys determined using Doppler broadening positron annihilation

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    Hoeckelman, Donald; Leighly, H. P., Jr.

    1990-01-01

    Axial fatigue specimens of three superalloys, Inconel 718, Incoloy 903 and Haynes 188, were machined from solution-heat-treated material and artificially aged. They were subjected to cyclic loading for a selected number of cycles after which the S parameter was determined using Doppler broadening positron annihilation. Initially, the S parameter decreased, followed by a large increase and a subsequent decline leading to fracture. This has been interpreted as the removal of residual vacancies, the introduction of new defects by cyclic loading, and, finally, a clustering of the defects as microcracks which grow to cause failure.

  1. Relevance of slow positron beam research to astrophysical studies of positron interactions and annihilation in the interstellar medium

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    Guessoum, N.; Jean, P.; Gillard, W.

    2006-01-01

    The processes undergone by positrons in the interstellar medium (ISM) from the moments of their birth to their annihilation are examined. Both the physics of the positron interactions with gases and solids (dust grains), and the physical conditions and characteristics of the environments where the processes of energy loss, positronium formation, and annihilation taking place, are reviewed. An explanation is given as to how all the relevant physical information are taken into account in order to calculate annihilation rates and spectra of the 511 keV emission for the various phases of the ISM; special attention is paid to positron interactions with dust and with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. An attempt is made to show to what extent the interactions between positrons and interstellar dust grains are similar to laboratory experiments in which beams of slow positrons impinge upon solids and surfaces. Sample results are shown for the effect of dust grains on positron annihilation spectra in some phases of the ISM which, together with high resolution spectra measured by satellites, can be used to infer useful knowledge about the environment where the annihilation is predominantly taking place and ultimately about the birth place and history of positrons in the Galaxy. The important complementarity between work done by the astrophysical and the solid-state positron communities is strongly emphasized and specific experimental work is suggested which could assist the modeling of the interaction and annihilation of positrons in the ISM

  2. Development of positron annihilation spectroscopy for characterizing neutron irradiated tungsten

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    C.N. Taylor; M. Shimada; D.W. Akers; M.W. Drigert; B.J. Merrill; Y. Hatano

    2013-05-01

    Tungsten samples (6 mm diameter, 0.2 mm thick) were irradiated to 0.025 and 0.3 dpa with neutrons in the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Samples were then exposed to deuterium plasma in the tritium plasma experiment (TPE) at 100, 200 and 500ºC to a total fluence of 1 x 1026 m-2. Nuclear reaction analysis (NRA) and Doppler broadening positron annihilation spectroscopy (DB-PAS) were performed at various stages to characterize damage and retention. We present the first known results of neutron damaged tungsten characterized by DB-PAS in order to study defect concentration. Two positron sources, 22Na and 68Ge, probe ~58 µm and through the entire 200 µm thick samples, respectively. DB-PAS results reveal clear differences between the various irradiated samples. These results, and the calibration of DB-PAS to NRA data are presented.

  3. Work station for low temperature positron annihilation studies

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    Chaturvedi, T.P.; Venkiteswaran, S.; Pujari, P.K.

    1999-05-01

    This report describes the automation implemented in the low temperature Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy studies system. Temperature programmer and controller (Lakeshore 330) is interfaced to PC-AT through an IEEE-488 add-on card. Through this data can be read and written to the temperature controller and it can be handled remotely. The PC- AT also houses the PCA-II card. Software (TEMP330.EXE) was developed to communicate with the temperature controller. A master software is also developed under which TEMP330.EXE and PCAII.EXE should run. Another program DATASEG.EXE creates a user file to store the temperature points given by user over which data acquisition is required. This has not only widened the scope of the positron research, but also helps achieve result with better precision. (author)

  4. New insights into the nanostructure of innovative thin film solar cells gained by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Eijt, S.W.H.; Shi, W.; Mannheim, A.; Butterling, M.; Schut, H.; Egger, W; Dickmann, M.; Hugenschmidt, C; Shakeri, B.; Meulenberg, R; Callewaert, V.; Saniz, R; Partoens, B; Barbiellini, B; Bansil, A; Melskens, J.; Zeman, M.; Smets, A.H.M.; Kulbak, M.; Hodes, G.; Cahen, D.; Brück, E.H.

    2017-01-01

    Recent studies showed that positron annihilation methods can provide key insights into the nanostructure and electronic structure of thin film solar cells. In this study, positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) is applied to investigate CdSe quantum dot (QD) light absorbing layers,

  5. Positron annihilation in polymers and permeability of gases

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    Buriova, E.

    2001-05-01

    An analysis of positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) results for different substituted polyacetylenes samples under vacuum and in air is presented with the aim to investigate the influence of the external atmosphere on the experimental PAS measurements and to determine correctly the size and the number of the free volume holes. The existence of special structure elements in polymers is responsible for the appearance of the fourth component of the time spectrum. The latter is formed at the expense of free volume elements in disordered regions of the polymer. A study of a number of glassy polymers with widely varying free volume and gas permeability showed that a bimodal size distribution of free volume elements is not an exception in some polymers but is a typical feature of the microstructure of amorphous glassy polymers. Oxygen-induced quenching of positronium lifetimes is demonstrated for all polymer samples. Good correlation of permeability of polymers with the size of free volume elements is demonstrated. This correlation can be used for a fast assessment of gas permeation properties of novel polymers using positron annihilation data (author)

  6. Positron annihilation lifetime study of radiation-damaged natural zircons

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    Roberts, J. [Centre for Antimatter-Matter Studies, Research School of Physics and Engineering, The Australian National University, Canberra (Australia); Gaugliardo, P. [Centre for Antimatter-Matter Studies, School of Physics, University of Western Australia (Australia); Farnan, I.; Zhang, M. [Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge (United Kingdom); Vance, E.R.; Davis, J.; Karatchevtseva, I.; Knott, R.B. [Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (Australia); Mudie, S. [The Australian Synchrotron, Victoria (Australia); Buckman, S.J. [Centre for Antimatter-Matter Studies, Research School of Physics and Engineering, The Australian National University, Canberra (Australia); Institute for Mathematical Sciences, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Sullivan, J.P., E-mail: james.sullivan@anu.edu.au [Centre for Antimatter-Matter Studies, Research School of Physics and Engineering, The Australian National University, Canberra (Australia)

    2016-04-01

    Zircons are a well-known candidate waste form for actinides and their radiation damage behaviour has been widely studied by a range of techniques. In this study, well-characterised natural single crystal zircons have been studied using Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy (PALS). In some, but not all, of the crystals that had incurred at least half of the alpha-event damage of ∼10{sup 19} α/g required to render them structurally amorphous, PALS spectra displayed long lifetimes corresponding to voids of ∼0.5 nm in diameter. The long lifetimes corresponded to expectations from published Small-Angle X-ray Scattering data on similar samples. However, the non-observation by PALS of such voids in some of the heavily damaged samples may reflect large size variations among the voids such that no singular size can be distinguished or. Characterisation of a range of samples was also performed using scanning electron microscopy, optical absorption spectroscopy, Raman scattering and X-ray scattering/diffraction, with the degree of alpha damage being inferred mainly from the Raman technique and X-ray diffraction. The observed void diameters and intensities of the long lifetime components were changed somewhat by annealing at 700 °C; annealing at 1200 °C removed the voids entirely. The voids themselves may derive from He gas bubbles or voids created by the inclusion of small quantities of organic and hydrous matter, notwithstanding the observation that no voidage was evidenced by PALS in two samples containing hydrous and organic matter. - Highlights: • Study of a range of naturally occurring zircons damaged by alpha radiation. • Characterised using a range of techniques, including PALS spectroscopy. • Effects on hydrous material appear important, rather than direct radiation damage. • Annealing is shown to remove the observed voids.

  7. Hydrodynamic and kinetic models for spin-1/2 electron-positron quantum plasmas: Annihilation interaction, helicity conservation, and wave dispersion in magnetized plasmas

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    Andreev, Pavel A., E-mail: andreevpa@physics.msu.ru [Faculty of Physics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2015-06-15

    We discuss the complete theory of spin-1/2 electron-positron quantum plasmas, when electrons and positrons move with velocities mach smaller than the speed of light. We derive a set of two fluid quantum hydrodynamic equations consisting of the continuity, Euler, spin (magnetic moment) evolution equations for each species. We explicitly include the Coulomb, spin-spin, Darwin and annihilation interactions. The annihilation interaction is the main topic of the paper. We consider the contribution of the annihilation interaction in the quantum hydrodynamic equations and in the spectrum of waves in magnetized electron-positron plasmas. We consider the propagation of waves parallel and perpendicular to an external magnetic field. We also consider the oblique propagation of longitudinal waves. We derive the set of quantum kinetic equations for electron-positron plasmas with the Darwin and annihilation interactions. We apply the kinetic theory to the linear wave behavior in absence of external fields. We calculate the contribution of the Darwin and annihilation interactions in the Landau damping of the Langmuir waves. We should mention that the annihilation interaction does not change number of particles in the system. It does not related to annihilation itself, but it exists as a result of interaction of an electron-positron pair via conversion of the pair into virtual photon. A pair of the non-linear Schrodinger equations for the electron-positron plasmas including the Darwin and annihilation interactions is derived. Existence of the conserving helicity in electron-positron quantum plasmas of spinning particles with the Darwin and annihilation interactions is demonstrated. We show that the annihilation interaction plays an important role in the quantum electron-positron plasmas giving the contribution of the same magnitude as the spin-spin interaction.

  8. Higgs shifts from electron-positron annihilations near neutron stars

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    Wegner, Gary A. [Dartmouth College, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Hanover, NH (United States); Onofrio, Roberto [Universita di Padova, Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia ' Galileo Galilei' , Padova (Italy); ITAMP, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA (United States)

    2015-07-15

    We discuss the potential for using neutron stars to determine bounds on the Higgs-Kretschmann coupling by looking at peculiar shifts in gamma-ray spectroscopic features. In particular, we reanalyze multiple lines observed in GRB781119 detected by two gamma-ray spectrometers, and derive an upper bound on the Higgs-Kretschmann coupling that is much more constraining than the one recently obtained from white dwarfs. This calls for targeted analyses of spectra of gamma-ray bursts from more recent observatories, dedicated searches for differential shifts on electron-positron and proton-antiproton annihilation spectra in proximity of compact sources, and signals of electron and proton cyclotron lines from the same neutron star. (orig.)

  9. Electronic Structure of Rare-Earth Metals. II. Positron Annihilation

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    Williams, R. W.; Mackintosh, Allan

    1968-01-01

    The angular correlation of the photons emitted when positrons annihilate with electrons has been studied in single crystals of the rare-earth metals Y, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, and Er, and in a single crystal of an equiatomic alloy of Ho and Er. A comparison of the results for Y with the calculations...... of Loucks shows that the independent-particle model gives a good first approximation to the angular distribution, although correlation effects probably smear out some of the structure. The angular distributions from the heavy rare-earth metals are very similar to that from Y and can be understood...... qualitatively in terms of the relativistic augmented-plane-wave calculations by Keeton and Loucks. The angular distributions in the c direction in the paramagnetic phases are characterized by a rapid drop at low angles followed by a hump, and these features are associated with rather flat regions of Fermi...

  10. Moisture dependence of positron annihilation spectra in nylon-6

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    Singh, J. J.; St. Clair, T. L.; Holt, W. H.; Mock, W., Jr.

    1984-01-01

    Positron annihilation time spectra have been measured in nylon-6 samples as a function of their moisture content. The measured average long life component lifetime values are: 1722 + or - 47 ps (dry), 1676 + or - 40 ps (14.6 percent saturation value), 1719 + or - 26 ps (29.3 percent saturation value), 1720 + or - 35 ps (50 percent of saturation value), 1857 + or - 35 ps (78.1 percent saturation value), and 1936 + or - 57 ps (saturated). It appears that nylon-6 has a special affinity for water at low concentration levels where H2O molecules enter between the (C = O - H-N) chemical bonds between nylon molecular chains. As the water concentration increases beyond a critical level, nylon-6 specimens start trapping H2O molecules in other bond sites or potential wells. The trapped water increases the free volume in the test specimens and reduces Ps atom formation as well as its subsequent decay rate.

  11. Study of ion beam induced depolymerization using positron annihilation techniques

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    Puglisi, O. E-mail: opuglisi@dipchi.unict.it; Fragala, M.E.; Lynn, K.G.; Petkov, M.; Weber, M.; Somoza, A.; Dupasquier, A.; Quasso, F

    2001-04-01

    Ion beam induced depolymerization of polymers is a special class of ion beam induced chemical reaction which gives rise to catastrophic 'unzipping' of macromolecules with production of large amounts of the monomer, of the order of many hundreds monomer molecules per each macromolecule. The possible modification of the density at microscopic level prompted us to undertake a study of this effect utilizing positron annihilation techniques in Poly(methylmethacrylate) (PMMA) before and after bombardment with He{sup +} 300 keV ions at 200 deg. C. Preliminary results shown here indicate that before bombardment there is a reproducible dependence of nano-hole distribution on the sample history. Moreover at 200 deg. C we do not detect formation of new cavities as a consequence of the strong depolymerization that occurs under the ion beam. The possible correlation of these findings with transport properties of PMMA at temperature higher than the glass transition temperature will be discussed.

  12. Positron annihilation studies on reactor irradiated and thermal annealed ferrocene

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    Marques Netto, A.; Carvalho, R.S.; Magalhaes, W.F.; Sinisterra, R.D.

    1996-01-01

    Retention and thermal annealing following (n, γ) reaction in solid ferrocene, Fe(C 5 H 5 ) 2 , were studied by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PAL). Positronium (Ps) formation was observed in the non-irradiated compound with a probability or intensity (I 3 ) of 30%. Upon irradiation of the compound with thermal neutrons in a nuclear reactor, I 3 decreases with increasing irradiation time. Thermal treatment again increases I 3 values from 16% to 25%, revealing an important proportion of molecular reformation without variation of the ortho-positronium lifetime (τ 3 ). These results point out the major influence of the electronic structure as determining the Ps yields in the pure complex. In the irradiated and non irradiated complexes the results are satisfactorily explained on the basis of the spur model. (orig.)

  13. Investigation of the crystal lattice defects by means of the positrons annihilations; Badania defektow sieci krystalicznej metoda anihilacji pozytonow

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    Dryzek, J. [Institute of Nuclear Physics, Cracow (Poland)

    1994-12-31

    In this report the positrons annihilation methods as a tool for the crystal defects studies is presented. The short description of the positron - crystal interactions and different positron capture models are discussed. 192 refs, 67 figs, 6 tabs.

  14. Positron annihilation in hydrogenated and electron-irradiated titanium alloys

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    Mukashev, K.M.; Zaikin, Yu.A.

    2002-01-01

    that material properties were not completely recovered, probably due to residual point defects of radiation origin. It is obvious that the temperature of 600 deg. C was not sufficient for hydrogen extraction from titanium. These results are confirmed by data of previous studies where niobium and nickel hydrogenated after electron irradiation were studied. These data show that the shift in the recovery start exceeded 130 deg. C. Thus, interaction of vacancy-type defects with previously introduced hydrogen surrounding causes alterations in the efficient size of positron localization centers and shifts the first recovery stage to the region of higher temperature values. Generally, the results of this study demonstrate a significant role of hydrogen in alterations of the electron structure of damaged materials. They show the increasing hydrogen interaction with materials in presence of structural imperfections of deformational and radiation origin. Both hydrogen behavior in irradiated titanium alloys and the observed alterations in positron annihilation characteristics cannot be described in frames of a simple model based on the concept of proton interaction with a vacancy. Variety of radiation defects, such as complexes of point defects, dislocations, cracks, etc., should be taken into account. Application of positron annihilation methods provides important information on hydrogen interaction with lattice imperfections that can be a useful approach to the problem of hydrogen embrittlement of structural materials in the fields of ionizing radiation

  15. Evaluation of scintillators and semiconductor detectors to image three-photon positron annihilation for positron emission tomography

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    Abuelhia, E.; Spyrou, N.M.; Kacperski, K.; College University, Middlesex Hospital, London

    2008-01-01

    Positron emission tomography (PET) is rapidly becoming the main nuclear imaging modality of the present century. The future of PET instrumentation relies on semiconductor detectors because of their excellent characteristics. Three-photon positron annihilation has been recently investigated as a novel imaging modality, which demands the crucial high energy resolution of semiconductor detector. In this work the evaluation of the NaI(Tl) scintillator and HPGe and CdZTe semiconductor detectors, to construct a simple three-photon positron annihilation scanner has been explored. The effect of detector and scanner size on spatial resolution (FWHM) is discussed. The characteristics: energy resolution versus count rate and point-spread function of the three-photon positron annihilation image profile from triple coincidence measurements were investigated. (author)

  16. Positron Annihilation in Carbon Nanotubes Studied by Coincidence Doppler Broadening Spectroscopy

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    Murakami, H.; Sato, K.; Kanazawa, I.; Sano, M.

    2008-05-01

    In order to assign the sites of positron annihilation, coincidence Doppler broadening spectra were measured for a highly oriented pyrolytic graphite crystal, graphite powder, multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MNTs) and cup-stacked carbon nanotubes (CNTs). The spectrum for graphite powder normalized to that for highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) is almost flat in the momentum region from 7×10-3 to 13×10-3 mec, having a ratio close to unity. The flat spectrum demonstrates that positrons injected into graphite powder annihilate in the interlayer spaces of piled graphite sheets, in the same manner as positrons in highly oriented pyrolytic graphite annihilate in the bulk. The coincidence Doppler broadening spectra for MNTs and CNTs are quite different from that for highly oriented pyrolytic graphite, which indicates that positrons injected into MNTs and CYTs annihilate not in the bulk, but on surface. The positron lifetime spectrum for multi-walled carbon nanotubes is analyzed in terms of a single component due to surface-trapped positrons, while that for CNTs is decomposed into three components attributable to para-positronium surface-trapped positrons and ortho-positronium. The difference between the coincidence Doppler broadening spectrum for CNTs and that for MNTs is explained in terms of positron annihilation on zigzag surfaces of CNTs which are composed of both graphite-sheet and graphite-edge planes.

  17. Positron annihilation in disordered regions in neutron-irradiated Ge and Si

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    Pustovoit, A.K.; Konopleva, R.F.; Kupchishin, A.I.; Mukashev, K.M.

    1989-01-01

    The method of angular distribution of annihilation photons was used to investigate the formation and annealing of radiation defects in Ge and Si irradiated with reactor neutrons. These effects were studied as a function of the type of conduction of the dopant concentration. The nature of annealing demonstrated positron annihilation at multivacancy complexes located within disordered regions

  18. Mode coupling and multiquantum vibrational excitations in Feshbach-resonant positron annihilation in molecules

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    Gribakin, G. F.; Stanton, J. F.; Danielson, J. R.; Natisin, M. R.; Surko, C. M.

    2017-12-01

    The dominant mechanism of low-energy positron annihilation in polyatomic molecules is through positron capture in vibrational Feshbach resonances (VFR). In this paper, we investigate theoretically the effect of anharmonic terms in the vibrational Hamiltonian on positron annihilation rates. Such interactions enable positron capture in VFRs associated with multiquantum vibrational excitations, leading to enhanced annihilation. Mode coupling can also lead to faster depopulation of VFRs, thereby reducing their contribution to the annihilation rates. To analyze this complex picture, we use coupled-cluster methods to calculate the anharmonic vibrational spectra and dipole transition amplitudes for chloroform, chloroform-d1, 1,1-dichloroethylene, and methanol, and use these data to compute positron resonant annihilation rates for these molecules. Theoretical predictions are compared with the annihilation rates measured as a function of incident positron energy. The results demonstrate the importance of mode coupling in both enhancement and suppression of the VFR. There is also experimental evidence for the direct excitation of multimode VFR. Their contribution is analyzed using a statistical approach, with an outlook towards more accurate treatment of this phenomenon.

  19. Defects in Czochralski-grown silicon crystals investigated by positron annihilation

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    Ikari, Atsushi; Kawakami, Kazuto; Haga, Hiroyo [Nippon Steel Corp., Sagamihara, Kanagawa (Japan). Electronics Research Labs.; Uedono, Akira; Wei, Long; Kawano, Takao; Tanigawa, Shoichiro

    1994-10-01

    Positron lifetime and Doppler broadening experiments were performed on Czochralski-grown silicon crystals. A monoenergetic positron beam was also used to measure the diffusion length of positrons in the wafer. From the measurements, it was observed that the value of diffusion length of positrons decreased at the region where microdefects were formed during the crystal growth process. It was also found that the line shape parameter S decreased and the lifetime of positrons increased at the region. These results can be attributed to the annihilation of positrons trapped by vacancy oxygen complexes which are formed in association with the microdefects. (author).

  20. Positron annihilation in solids: positronium diffusion; Annihilation du positon dans les solides diffusion du positonium

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    Paulin, R. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Saclay (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

    1969-04-01

    The existence of two slow components in life-time spectrum of positron annihilation in silicium, aluminium and alkaline-earth oxides powders is established. These two long mean-lives {approx_equal} 10{sup -9} s and {approx_equal} 10{sup -7} s result from annihilation, inside and outside the grains respectively, of ortho-positronium formed in defects present in ionic crystals investigated. Dynamic behaviour of Ps, so revealed, is analyzed in terms of diffusion in excellent agreement with experiment. Diffusion constants of the order of 10{sup -4} cm{sup 2} sec{sup -1} and mean path before annihilation from 50 to 300 Angstrom are measured. From 100 to 500 K the temperature influence upon diffusion process is effective only in SiO{sub 2} where activation energy is found about 10{sup -2} eV. The p-Ps zero point energy evaluated by angular correlation gives the order of magnitude for defects dimensions and diffusion mean-time. Finally, o-Ps behaviour in space between grains, where its interaction with atmospheric gases can be only detected, is analysed. (author) [French] Nous mettons en evidence l'existence de deux composantes lentes dans le spectre de temps de vie du positon avant annihilation dans des poudres d'oxydes alcalinoterreux d'alumine et de silice. Ces deux longues vies moyennes {approx_equal} 10{sup -9} s et {approx_equal} 10{sup -7} s resultent respectivement de l'annihilation a l'interieur et a l'exterieur des grains de l'ortho-positonium forme dans certains defauts presents dans les cristaux ioniques etudies. L'analyse des proprietes dynamiques du Ps ainsi revelees, est effectuee en termes de diffusion en excellent accord avec l'experience. Des constantes de diffusion de l'ordre de 10{sup -4} cm{sup 2} sec{sup -1} et des parcours moyens avant annihilation variant de 50 a 300 Angstrom sont ainsi mesures. Entre 100 et 500 K l'influence de la temperature sur le processus de diffusion n'est sensible

  1. Positron annihilation studies on chalcone chromophore doped PVA

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    Bhajantri, R.F.; Ravindrachary, V.; Harisha, A.; Ismayil [Department of Physics, Mangalore University, Mangalagangotri (India); Ranganathaiah, C. [Department of Studies in Physics, University of Mysore, Manasagangotri (India)

    2009-11-15

    A novel organic non-linear optical material 1-(4-methylphenyl)-3-(4- N, N dimethyl amino phenyl)-2-propen-1-one (MPDMAPP) chalcone chromophore has been synthesized by standard method. Pure and MPDMAPP doped Poly(vinyl alcohol) films are prepared using solution casting method and characterized using UV-Visible absorption and Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy. The optical spectroscopic study shows three absorption bands, 196-202 nm assigned to localized n {yields}{pi}* transitions, 205-320 nm to n {yields}{pi} inter-band and 385-428 nm assigned to {pi} {yields}{pi}* transition and arises due to the charge transfer complex. Using observed UV-Vis spectra, three optical energy gaps, E{sub g1} (4.96-4.25 eV), E{sub g2} (3.47-3.32 eV) and E{sub g3} (2.33-2.24 eV) have been estimated. The observed change in E{sub g} upon doping is understood based on the formation of charge transfer complex arising from the -HC=CH- structure present in the composite and due to the interactions of dopant and OH group of PVA. The PALS results shows that the o-Ps lifetime decreases continuously as doping concentration increases and I{sub 3} initially increases (from 18.82% to 20.95%) from 0 wt% to 0.05 wt% and then decreases gradually up to 16.76% for higher dopant concentrations with decrease in optical band gaps. The variation of positron data with E{sub g} is understood by correlating the probability of Ps formation with the complex. (copyright 2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  2. State-selective high-energy excitation of nuclei by resonant positron annihilation

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    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available In the annihilation of a positron with a bound atomic electron, the virtual γ photon created may excite the atomic nucleus. We put forward this effect as a spectroscopic tool for an energy-selective excitation of nuclear transitions. This scheme can efficiently populate nuclear levels of arbitrary multipolarities in the MeV regime, including giant resonances and monopole transitions. In certain cases, it may have higher cross sections than the conventionally used Coulomb excitation and it can even occur with high probability when the latter is energetically forbidden.

  3. Development of a pico-second life-time spectrometer for positron annihilation studies

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    Pujari, P.K.; Datta, T.; Tomar, B.S.; Das, S.K.

    1992-01-01

    Positron annihilation technique is a sensitive probe to investigate various physico-chemical phenomena due to the ability to provide information about the electron momentum and density in any medium. While measurements on the Doppler broadening and angular correlation of annihilation photons provide information about the electron momentum, the electron density at the annihilation site is obtained, by the positron life-time measurement. This report describes the development, optimization and calibration of a high resolution life-time spectrometer (FWHM=230 ps), based on fast-fast coincidence technique, a relatively new concept in nuclear timing spectroscopy. (author). 4 refs., 9 figs., 1 tab

  4. Studying the recovery of as-received industrial Al alloys by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Abdel-Hady, E.E. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, El-Minia University, BO 61519, El-Minia (Egypt)]. E-mail: esamhady@link.net; Ashry, A. [Faculty of Education, Ain Shams University, Cairo (Egypt); Ismail, H. [Faculty of Education, Ain Shams University, Cairo (Egypt); El-Gamal, S. [Faculty of Education, Ain Shams University, Cairo (Egypt)

    2006-02-28

    Positron annihilation lifetime (PAL) spectroscopy, Doppler broadening of annihilation radiation (DBAR) spectroscopy and Vickers microhardness (Hv) measurements were performed to study the micro- and macro-structure variations during isochronal annealing from room temperature (RT) to 500 deg. Cof commercial pure Al (1 1 0 0), Al-Mn-Mg (3 0 0 4) and Al-Mg-Si (6 2 0 1) alloys. Three annealing stages of microstructures have been identified as recovery, partial recrystallization and complete recrystallization followed by grain growth. A positive correlation between the macroscopic mechanical properties (Hv) and positron annihilation parameters has been achieved for the three samples under investigation.

  5. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy of ZnO bulk samples

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    Zubiaga, A.; Plazaola, F.; Garcia, J. A.; Tuomisto, F.; Munoz-Sanjose, V.; Tena-Zaera, R.

    2007-01-01

    In order to gain a further insight into the knowledge of point defects of ZnO, positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy was performed on bulk samples annealed under different atmospheres. The samples were characterized at temperatures ranging from 10 to 500 K. Due to difficulties in the conventional fitting of the lifetime spectra caused by the low intensity of the defect signals, we have used an alternative method as a solution to overcome these difficulties and resolve all the lifetime components present in the spectra. Two different vacancy-type defects are identified in the samples: Zn vacancy complexes (V Zn -X) and vacancy clusters consisting of up to five missing Zn-O pairs. In addition to the vacancies, we observe negative-ion-type defects, which are tentatively attributed to intrinsic defects in the Zn sublattice. The effect of the annealing on the observed defects is discussed. The concentrations of the V Zn -X complexes and negative-ion-type defects are in the 0.2-2 ppm range, while the cluster concentrations are 1-2 orders of magnitude lower

  6. The role of positronium decoherence in positron annihilation in matter

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    Pietrow, M., E-mail: mrk@kft.umcs.lublin.pl [Institute of Physics, M. Curie-Sklodowska University, ul. Pl. M. Curie-Sklodowskiej 1, 20-031 Lublin (Poland); Slomski, P. [Geographic Information Systems Development Company Martinex, ul. Melgiewska 95, 21-040 Swidnik (Poland)

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    A small difference between the energies of the para-positronium (p-Ps) and ortho-positronium (o-Ps) states suggests the possibility of the superposition of p-Ps and o-Ps during the formation of positronium (Ps) from pre-Ps, terminating its migration in the matter in a void. It is shown that such a superposition decoheres in the basis of p-Ps and o-Ps. The decoherence time scale estimated here motivates a correction in the precise analysis of the positron annihilation lifetime spectra. More generally, the superposited Ps state should contribute to the theory of the evolution of positronium in matter. -- Highlights: → Decoherence time decrease exponentially with the number of e{sup -} interacting with Ps. → Time scale of the decoherence motivates correction in decomposition of PALS spectra. → We showed the way of modification for formulas used for PALS spectra decomposition. → The superposited Ps should contribute to the positronium in matter evolution theory. → We examined the magnetisation influence to be expected on the process of decoherence.

  7. Pore Topology Effects in Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy of Zeolites.

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    Zubiaga, Asier; Warringham, Robbie; Mitchell, Sharon; Gerchow, Lars; Cooke, David; Crivelli, Paolo; Pérez-Ramírez, Javier

    2017-03-03

    Positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) is a powerful method to study the size and connectivity of pores in zeolites. The lifetime of positronium within the host material is commonly described by the Tao-Eldrup model. However, one of its largest limitations arises from the simple geometries considered for the shape of the pores, which cannot describe accurately the complex topologies in zeolites. Here, an atomic model that combines the Tao potential with the crystallographic structure is introduced to calculate the distribution and lifetime of Ps intrinsic to a given framework. A parametrization of the model is undertaken for a set of widely applied zeolite framework types (*BEA, FAU, FER, MFI, MOR, UTL), before extending the model to all known structures. The results are compared to structural and topological descriptors, and to the Tao-Eldrup model adapted for zeolites, demonstrating the intricate dependence of the lifetime on the pore architecture. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  8. Contribution for study on positron annihilation in tris (dipivaloilmethanates) lanthanides (III)

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    Ribeiro e Silva, M.E.S.

    1988-01-01

    Some data on life time of positron and annihilation by Doppler effect in tris (dipivaloilmethanates) lanthanides (III), Ln (dpm) 3 , and Ln = Eu, Gd, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm and Yb are shown. Some results from positronium (Ps) in complexes except Eu (dpm) 3 , chemical aspects and properties of positron and positronium are evaluated. (M.J.C.) [pt

  9. Characterization of the melting process of PTFE using positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Honda, Y; Nishijima, S

    2015-01-01

    Poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (PTFE) is a semi-crystalline polymer and the lifetime of ortho-positronium(o-Ps) is known to be able to be separated into two components due to annihilation in the crystal region and in the amorphous region. The melting process of PTFE was investigated using positron annihilation spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. The results indicated that volume expansion with an increase of temperature is dominantly due to the expansion of the amorphous region and a Ps bubble is formed at melting in both regions. The o-Ps relating to the crystal region definitely remains on the surface of crystal at the time of annihilation. The production of lower energy electrons at melting was deduced by the analysis of the Doppler broadened annihilation photopeak, and the increase in the number of such electrons was found to have great influence on the formation of the o-Ps and annihilation processes of positron and o-Ps. (paper)

  10. Surfaces of colloidal PbSe nanocrystals probed by thin-film positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Chai, L.; Schut, H.; Schaarenburg, L. C. van; Eijt, S. W. H., E-mail: S.W.H.Eijt@tudelft.nl [Department of Radiation, Radionuclides and Reactors, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology, Mekelweg 15, NL-2629 JB Delft (Netherlands); Al-Sawai, W.; Barbiellini, B.; Bansil, A. [Physics Department, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts 02115 (United States); Gao, Y. [Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology, Julianalaan 136, NL-2628 BL Delft (Netherlands); Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology, Lorentzweg 1, NL-2628 CJ Delft (Netherlands); Houtepen, A. J. [Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology, Julianalaan 136, NL-2628 BL Delft (Netherlands); Mijnarends, P. E. [Department of Radiation, Radionuclides and Reactors, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology, Mekelweg 15, NL-2629 JB Delft (Netherlands); Physics Department, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts 02115 (United States); Huis, M. A. van [Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology, Lorentzweg 1, NL-2628 CJ Delft (Netherlands); Ravelli, L.; Egger, W. [Institut für Angewandte Physik und Messtechnik, Universität der Bundeswehr München, Werner-Heisenberg-Weg 39, D-85579 Neubiberg (Germany); Kaprzyk, S. [Physics Department, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts 02115 (United States); Academy of Mining and Metallurgy AGH, PL-30059 Kraków (Poland)

    2013-08-01

    Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy and positron-electron momentum density (PEMD) studies on multilayers of PbSe nanocrystals (NCs), supported by transmission electron microscopy, show that positrons are strongly trapped at NC surfaces, where they provide insight into the surface composition and electronic structure of PbSe NCs. Our analysis indicates abundant annihilation of positrons with Se electrons at the NC surfaces and with O electrons of the oleic ligands bound to Pb ad-atoms at the NC surfaces, which demonstrates that positrons can be used as a sensitive probe to investigate the surface physics and chemistry of nanocrystals inside multilayers. Ab initio electronic structure calculations provide detailed insight in the valence and semi-core electron contributions to the positron-electron momentum density of PbSe. Both lifetime and PEMD are found to correlate with changes in the particle morphology characteristic of partial ligand removal.

  11. Surfaces of colloidal PbSe nanocrystals probed by thin-film positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy and positron-electron momentum density (PEMD studies on multilayers of PbSe nanocrystals (NCs, supported by transmission electron microscopy, show that positrons are strongly trapped at NC surfaces, where they provide insight into the surface composition and electronic structure of PbSe NCs. Our analysis indicates abundant annihilation of positrons with Se electrons at the NC surfaces and with O electrons of the oleic ligands bound to Pb ad-atoms at the NC surfaces, which demonstrates that positrons can be used as a sensitive probe to investigate the surface physics and chemistry of nanocrystals inside multilayers. Ab initio electronic structure calculations provide detailed insight in the valence and semi-core electron contributions to the positron-electron momentum density of PbSe. Both lifetime and PEMD are found to correlate with changes in the particle morphology characteristic of partial ligand removal.

  12. Glass transition and relaxation processes of polymers studied by positron annihilation

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    Uedono, Akira; Tanigawa, Shoichiro [Tsukuba Univ., Ibaraki (Japan). Inst. of Materials Science

    1996-10-01

    The glass transition and relaxation processes of polymers were studied by the positron annihilation technique. A positron implanted into polymers might annihilate from positronium (Ps) states in open spaces. Ps is a bound state between a positron and an electron, and its nonrelativistic quantum mechanics is practically identical to that of a hydrogen atom. The lifetime of Ps can be associated with the size of the open spaces, and the formation probability of Ps provides information of motions of molecules. Since the glass transition or relaxation processes affect behavior of open spaces, one can study these phenomena through the detection of the open spaces using the positron annihilation technique. In the present paper, we report studies of the glass transition and relaxation processes in polyethylene, polypropylene, and polystyrene by measurements of lifetime spectra of positrons and those of Doppler broadening profiles of the annihilation radiation. For these specimens, by measurements of the lifetime of Ps, {tau}{sub 3}, as a function of temperature, the glass transition temperature, T{sub g}, was determined as an onset temperature of the increase in the temperature coefficient of {tau}{sub 3}. Below T{sub g}, local motions of molecules were detected by measurements of the formation probability of Ps. The positron annihilation as a tool for the characterization of polymers was discussed. (author). 51 refs.

  13. Development of positron annihilation spectroscopy to test accelerated weathering of protective polymer coatings

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    Zhang, R; Chen, H M; Mallon, P; Sandreczki, T C; Richardson, J R; Jean, Y C; Nielsen, B; Suzuki, R; Ohdaira, T

    2000-01-01

    A variable mono-energetic positron beam with a computer-controlled system has recently been constructed at the University of Missouri-Kansas City for weathering studies of polymeric coatings. The beam is designed to measure the S-parameter from Doppler-broadening energy spectra and the sub-nanometer defect properties from positron annihilation lifetimes (PAL). Significant variations of S-parameter and ortho-positronium intensity in coatings, as obtained from the newly built beam and from the Electrotechnical Laboratory's beam, respectively, are observed as a function of depth and exposure time due to the Xe-light irradiation. A high sensitivity of positron annihilation signal response to the early stage of degradation is observed. Development of positron annihilation spectroscopy to test accelerated weathering of polymeric coatings is discussed.

  14. The influence of positron trapping at vacancies on a pattern of the Fermi surface of #betta#-brass studied by positron annihilation

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    Rozenfeld, B.; Chabik, S.; Pajak, J.

    1982-01-01

    Angular correlations of positron annihilation quanta (ACPAQ) have been measured for differently oriented monocrystalline samples of the ordered #betta#-brass under conditions permitting the neglecting of the trapping of positrons at vacancies as well as in the case when almost all the positrons annihilate being trapped at vacancies. It has been shown that trapping of positrons at vacancies can make the observation of the directional anisotropy in electron momentum distribution impossible. (Auth.)

  15. Evaluation of the reactor pressure vessel steels by positron annihilation

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    Slugeň, V., E-mail: Vladimir.Slugen@elf.stuba.sk [Institute of Nuclear and Physical Engineering, Slovak University of Technology, Ilkovičova 3, 81219 Bratislava (Slovakia); Hein, H. [AREVA NP GmbH, Paul Gossen Strasse 100, 91 001 Erlangen (Germany); Sojak, S.; Simeg Veterníková, J.; Petriska, M.; Sabelová, V.; Pavúk, M.; Hinca, R.; Stacho, M. [Institute of Nuclear and Physical Engineering, Slovak University of Technology, Ilkovičova 3, 81219 Bratislava (Slovakia)

    2013-11-15

    This paper presents a comparison of commercially used German and Russian reactor pressure vessel steels from the positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) point of view, having in mind knowledge obtained also from other techniques from the last decades. The second generation of Russian RPV steels seems to be fully comparable with German steels and their quality allows prolongation of NPP operating lifetime over projected 40 years. The embrittlement of CrMoV steels is relatively low due to effect of higher temperature which implies partial in situ annealing of primary microstructural point defects and therefore delays the degradation processes caused by neutron irradiation. PAS techniques can be effectively applied for evaluation of microstructural changes caused by extreme external loads (characterized by high dpa values) by proton implantation, with aim to simulate irradiation and for the evaluation of the effectiveness of post-irradiation thermal treatments. We used our actual and previous results, collected during last 20 years from measurements of different RPV-steels in “as received”, irradiated and post-irradiation annealed state and compare them with the aim to contribute to general knowledge based on experimental PAS data. Actual results from irradiated German and Russian steels confirmed that no large voids or vacancy clusters were formed at defined irradiation conditions stated according to the real operational conditions at nuclear power plants. This indicate the fact that vacancy type defects bear hardly any responsibility for radiation-induced hardening and embrittlement of reactor pressure vessel steels and does not affect significantly the long-term operation of nuclear power plants from safety point of view.

  16. Assessment of positron annihilation as a potential non-destructive examination technique

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    Jones, W.B.; Van Den Avyle, J.A.; Gauster, W.B.; Wampler, W.R.

    1979-01-01

    The positron annihilation technique can provide a sensitive measure of defect density in metals. In this program the technique has been used to monitor defects generated during plastic deformation by cold work or fatigue cycling. The primary goals have been: (1) to assess the degree of sensitivity of the technique; (2) to correlate positron annihilation readings with observed microstructural changes to better understand the physical basis for these readings; and (3) to determine correlations between positron annihilation measurements and number of fatigue cycles. Examination of fatigued samples by transmission electron microscopy indicates some correlation between dislocation density and positron annihilation lineshape parameter (determined by the Doppler broadening technique). However, annealing studies of deformed samples indicate that positron annihilation response in 316 stainless steel is sensitive primarily to excess vacancies generated during the deformation and is less sensitive to dislocation density. Data on deformed nickel show sensitivity to both vacancies and dislocations. In general, lineshape parameter values tend to achieve a constant level at approximately 10% of fatigue life

  17. Early Stages of Precipitation Process in Al-(Mn-)Sc-Zr Alloy Characterized by Positron Annihilation

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    Vlach, Martin

    2015-01-29

    Thermal effects on the precipitation stages in as-cast Al-0.70 at. pct Mn-0.15 at. pct Sc-0.05 at. pct Zr alloy were studied. The role of lattice defects was elucidated by positron annihilation spectroscopy (lifetime and coincidence Doppler broadening) enabling investigation of solutes clustering at the atomic scale. This technique has never been used in the Al-Sc- and/or Al-Zr-based alloys so far. Studies by positron annihilation were combined with resistometry, hardness measurements, and microstructure observations. Positrons trapped at defects are preferentially annihilated by Sc electrons. Lifetime of trapped positrons indicates that Sc atoms segregate at dislocations. Maximum fraction of positrons annihilated by Sc electrons occurring at 453 K (180 °C) suggests that clustering of Sc bound with vacancies takes place. It is followed by peak of this fraction at 573 K (300 °C). A rise of the contribution of trapped positrons annihilated by Zr electrons starting at 513 K (240 °C) and attaining maximum also at 573 K (300 °C) confirms that Zr participates in precipitation of the Al3Sc particles already at these temperatures. The pronounced hardening at 573 K (300 °C) has its nature in the precipitation of the Al3Sc particles with a Zr-rich shell. The contribution of trapped positrons annihilated by Mn electrons was found to be negligible. © 2015, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society and ASM International.

  18. Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy of High Performance Polymer Films under CO2 Pressure

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    C.A. Quarles; John R. Klaehn; Eric S. Peterson; Jagoda M. Urban-Klaehn

    2010-08-01

    Positron annihilation Lifetime and Doppler broadening measurements are reported for six polymer films as a function of carbon dioxide absolute pressure ranging from 0 to 45 psi. Since the polymer films were thin and did not absorb all positrons, corrections were made in the lifetime analysis for the absorption of positrons in the positron source and sample holder using the Monte Carlo transport code MCNP. Different polymers are found to behave differently. Some polymers studied form positronium and some, such as the polyimide structures, do not. For those samples that form positronium an interpretation in terms of free volume is possible; for those that don’t form positronium, further work is needed to determine how best to describe the behavior in terms of the bulk positron annihilation parameters. Some polymers exhibit changes in positron lifetime and intensity under CO2 pressure which may be described by the Henry or Langmuir sorption models, while the positron response of other polymers is rather insensitive to the CO2 pressure. The results demonstrate the usefulness of positron annihilation spectroscopy in investigating the sorption of CO2 into various polymers at pressures up to about 3 atm.

  19. The annihilation of positrons in the cold phase of the interstellar medium revisited

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    Wallyn, P.; Durouchoux, PH.; Chapuis, C.; Leventhal, M.

    1994-01-01

    The positron cross sections in H and H2 media are reevaluated, taking into account new experimental results. Using a Monte Carlo simulation, we find a positronium fraction before thermalization of 0.90 for H2, in good agreement with the previous experimental result given by Brown et al. (1986). For H we obtain an upper limit of 0.98. We study the behavior of the charge exchange annihilation in a cold phase (molecular cloud). We calculate a formula for the slowing-down time t, before annihilation lasting Delta t, via charge exchange, of a positron beam with a given energy for different medium densities and initial energies. An upper limit of 0.7 MeV for the initial energy of the positrons, annihilating in the molecular cloud G0.86 - 0.08 near the gamma ray source positronium and gives new time constraints on their possible observation.

  20. Positron annihilation in pivalic acid. Temperature dependence of angular correlation curves

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    Jain, P. C.; Eldrup, Morten Mostgaard; Pedersen, Niels Jørgen

    1986-01-01

    Positron annihilation angular correlation curves have been measured as a function of temperature for trimethylacetic (pivalic) acid in both the brittle and plastic phases. A simple fitting of the data to a sum of three gaussians shows the presence of a narrow component due to para-positronium (p......-Ps) annihilation. In the brittle phase the intensity of the narrow component is inconsistent with previous positron lifetime data. A more detailed analysis, requiring consistency with the lifetime data, results in the determination of the shapes of the angular correlation components for free positron-, pick......-off-, and p-Ps intrinsic annihilation. The p-Ps component has a width (fwhm) of 3.75 mrad in the brittle phase, probably due to Ps self-trapping or trapping in defects smaller than molecular vacancies. In the plastic phase the width (fwhm) is 3.25 mrad which is ascribed to Ps localization in vacancies...

  1. Nanoscopic properties of silica filled polydimethylsiloxane by means of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy

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    Wiinberg, P.; Eldrup, Morten Mostgaard; Maurer, F.H.J.

    2004-01-01

    Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) was performed on a series of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)/fumed silicon dioxide (SiO2) composites at temperatures between -185 and 100degreesC to study the effect of filler content and filler particle size on the free volume properties and the pos......Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) was performed on a series of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)/fumed silicon dioxide (SiO2) composites at temperatures between -185 and 100degreesC to study the effect of filler content and filler particle size on the free volume properties...... and the positron annihilation characteristics. The glass transition behavior of the PDMS/SiO2 composites was determined with differential scanning calorimetry. A clear influence on the o-Ps lifetime (73) in the polymer upon addition of nano-sized fumed SiO2 was observed at all temperatures. The observed o...

  2. Digitized detection of gamma-ray signals concentrated in narrow time windows for transient positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy.

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    Kinomura, A; Suzuki, R; Oshima, N; O'Rourke, B E; Nishijima, T; Ogawa, H

    2014-12-01

    A pulsed slow-positron beam generated by an electron linear accelerator was directly used for positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy without any positron storage devices. A waveform digitizer was introduced to simultaneously capture multiple gamma-ray signals originating from positron annihilation events during a single accelerator pulse. The positron pulse was chopped and bunched with the chopper signals also sent to the waveform digitizer. Time differences between the annihilation gamma-ray and chopper peaks were calculated and accumulated as lifetime spectra in a computer. The developed technique indicated that positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy can be performed in a 20 μs time window at a pulse repetition rate synchronous with the linear accelerator. Lifetime spectra of a Kapton sheet and a thermally grown SiO2 layer on Si were successfully measured. Synchronization of positron lifetime measurements with pulsed ion irradiation was demonstrated by this technique.

  3. Positron annihilation and electron microscopy study in the early stage of fatigue of polycrystalline copper

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    Diaz, L.; Pareja, R.; Pedrosa, M.A.; Gonzalez, R.

    1985-01-01

    Positron annihilation and transmission electron microscopy are used to study the early stage of fatigue in polycrystalline copper cyclically deformed at various temperatures. The concentration of positron traps is correlated to the cumulative plastic strain and to the work done during deformation. The average lifetimes of the trapped positrons are (177 +- 4) and (186 +- 3) ps for samples fatigued at T 15 s -1 for the samples deformed at T <= 293 K. Vacancy clusters like small dislocation loops, are proposed as the main defects responsible for the positron trapping. (author)

  4. Positron annihilation lifetime study of polyvinylpyrrolidone for nanoparticle-stabilizing pharmaceuticals.

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    Shpotyuk, O; Bujňáková, Z; Baláž, P; Ingram, A; Shpotyuk, Y

    2016-01-05

    Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy was applied to characterize free-volume structure of polyvinylpyrrolidone used as nonionic stabilizer in the production of many nanocomposite pharmaceuticals. The polymer samples with an average molecular weight of 40,000 g mol(-1) were pelletized in a single-punch tableting machine under an applied pressure of 0.7 GPa. Strong mixing in channels of positron and positronium trapping were revealed in the polyvinylpyrrolidone pellets. The positron lifetime spectra accumulated under normal measuring statistics were analysed in terms of unconstrained three- and four-term decomposition, the latter being also realized under fixed 0.125 ns lifetime proper to para-positronium self-annihilation in a vacuum. It was shown that average positron lifetime extracted from each decomposition was primary defined by long-lived ortho-positronium component. The positron lifetime spectra treated within unconstrained three-term fitting were in obvious preference, giving third positron lifetime dominated by ortho-positronium pick-off annihilation in a polymer matrix. This fitting procedure was most meaningful, when analysing expected positron trapping sites in polyvinylpyrrolidone-stabilized nanocomposite pharmaceuticals. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. INTEGRAL SPI Limits on Electron-Positron Annihilation Radiation from the Galactic Plane

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    Teegarden, B. J.; Watanabe, K.; Jean, P.

    2005-01-01

    The center of our Galaxy is a known strong source of electron‐positron 511 keV annihilation radiation. Thus far, however, there have been no reliable detections of annihilation radiation outside of the central radian of our Galaxy. One of the primary objectives of the INTEGRAL (International Gamma...... the first 10 months of observation. During this period a significant fraction of the observing time was spent in or near the Galactic plane. No positive annihilation flux was detected outside of the central region () of our Galaxy. In this paper we describe the observations and data analysis methods...

  6. Determination of the solubility of neodymium in iron by positron annihilation

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    Yu, W.Y.; Qing, L.N.; Zhuo, T.Z.; Rong, C.X.

    1985-01-01

    The authors have measured the lineshape parameters and lifetimes of positron annihilation in eleven samples of iron containing various concentration of Nd between 0 and 0.87 wt. %, which have been heat-treated at two different temperatures successively. According to the abrupt increase, for the two conditions of heat-treatment the solubility of Nd in iron is interpreted to be 0.082 wt. % and 0.088 wt. % respectively. Using positron annihilation technique for determining the solubility of Nd in iron appears to be more sensitive and accurate than metallography method and X-ray diffraction analysis

  7. Positron-annihilation 2D-ACAR studies of disordered and defected alloys

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    Bansil, A.; Prasad, R.; Smedskjaer, L.C.; Benedek, R.; Mijnarends, P.E.

    1987-09-01

    Theoretical and experimental progess in connection with 2D-ACAR positron annihilation studies of ordered, disordered, and defected alloys is discussed. We present, in particular, some of the recent developments concerning the electronic structure of disordered alloys, and the work in the area of annihilation from positrons trapped at vacancy-type defects in metals and alloys. The electronic structure and properties of a number of compounds are also discussed briefly; we comment specifically on high T/sub c/ ceramic superconductors, Heusler alloys, and transition-metal aluminides. 58 refs., 116 figs

  8. Studies of Phase Transformation in Molecular Crystals Using the Positron Annihilation Technique

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    Eldrup, Morten Mostgaard; Lightbody, David; Sherwood, John N.

    1980-01-01

    An examination has been made of the brittle/plastic phase transformation in the molecular crystals cyclohexane, DL-camphene and succinonitrile using the positron annihilation technique. In each material, the transition is characterized by a distinct increase in ortho-positronium lifetime. The inf......An examination has been made of the brittle/plastic phase transformation in the molecular crystals cyclohexane, DL-camphene and succinonitrile using the positron annihilation technique. In each material, the transition is characterized by a distinct increase in ortho-positronium lifetime...

  9. Positron annihilation characterization of Fe-Y2O3 composite powder after mechanical alloying and heat treatment.

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    Lee, Jae Hoon

    2012-02-01

    Fe-1 wt% Y2O3 composite powders were mechanically alloyed for 12 hr and then heat-treated at 1050 degrees C for 1 hr. Positron annihilation lifetime and coincidence Doppler broadening measurements are in qualitative agreement with X-ray diffraction studies, indicating that in the as-mixed Fe-1Y2O3 composite, up to approximately equal to 70% of the annihilations occur at vacancy clusters; a small fraction annihilates in its matrix. In the case of mechanically alloyed composite, up to approximately equal to 60% of the positrons annihilate at vacancy clusters. Some annihilations also occur in dislocations. In the heat-treated Fe-1Y2O3, positrons primarily annihilate at yttria precipitates, while a small fraction annihilates in the matrix.

  10. Positron annihilation study of graphite, glassy carbon and C60/C70 fullerene

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    Hasegawa, Masayuki; Kajino, Masahiro; Yamaguchi, Sadae; Iwata, Tadao; Kuramoto, Eiichi; Takenaka, Minoru.

    1992-01-01

    ACAR (Angular Correlation of Annihilation Radiation) and positron lifetime measurements have been made on, HOPG (Highly Oriented Pyrolytic Graphite), isotropic fine-grained graphite, glassy carbons and C 60 /C 70 powder. HOPG showed marked bimodality along the c-axis and anisotropy in ACAR momentum distribution, which stem from characteristic annihilation between 'interlayer' positrons and π-electrons in graphite. ACAR curves of the isotropic graphite and glassy carbons are even narrower than that of HOPG perpendicular to the c-axis. Positron lifetime of 420 and 390 - 480 psec, much longer than that of 221 psec in HOPG, were observed for the isotropic graphite and glassy carbons respectively, which are due to positron trapping in structural voids in them. Positron lifetime and ACAR width (FWHM) can be well correlated to void sizes (1.7 to 5.0 nm) of glassy carbons which have been determined by small angle neutron (SAN) scattering measurements. ACAR curves and positron lifetime of C 60 /C 70 powder agree well with those of glassy carbons. This shows that positron wave functions extend, as in the voids of glassy carbons, much wider than open spaces of the octahedral interstices of the face-centered cubic (FCC) structure of C 60 crystal and strongly suggests positron trapping in the 'soccer ball' vacancy. Possible positron states in the carbon materials are discussed with a simple model of void volume-trapping. Preliminary results on neutron irradiation damage in HOPG are also presented. (author)

  11. Radiative return at NLO and the measurement of the hadronic cross-section in electron-positron annihilation

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    Rodrigo, German; Kuhn, Johann H.; Szopa, Marcin

    2002-01-01

    Electron-positron annihilation into hadrons plus an energetic photon from initial state radiation allows the hadronic cross-section to be measured over a wide range of energies. The full next-to-leading order QED corrections for the cross-section for e^+ e^- annihilation into a real tagged photon and a virtual photon converting into hadrons are calculated where the tagged photon is radiated off the initial electron or positron. This includes virtual and soft photon corrections to the process e^+ e^- \\to \\gamma +\\gamma^* and the emission of two real hard photons: e^+ e^- \\to \\gamma + \\gamma + \\gamma^*. A Monte Carlo generator has been constructed, which incorporates these corrections and simulates the production of two charged pions or muons plus one or two photons. Predictions are presented for centre-of-mass energies between 1 and 10 GeV, corresponding to the energies of DAPHNE, CLEO-C and B-meson factories.

  12. Moessbauer and positron annihilation studies of structural modifications of hemoglobin in solution

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    Oshtrakh, M.I.; Kopelyan, E.A.; Semionkin, V.A.

    1995-01-01

    Structural modifications of human adult oxyhemoglobin in concentrated solution were studied by Moessbauer and positron life-time spectroscopies. The effects of non-sterile degradation and irradiation by γ-rays were compared by both techniques. It was found that positron annihilation parameters were sensitive to the structural modifications of hemoglobin molecules in solution and could be related with the conformational states of hemoglobin. (author)15 refs.; 3 tabs

  13. Positron annihilation lifetime study of extended defects in semiconductor glasses and polymers

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    Boyko, Olha [Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University, Pekarska str. 69, 79010 Lviv (Ukraine); Shpotyuk, Yaroslav [Department of Optoelectronics and Information Technologies, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Dragomanova str. 50, 79005 Lviv (Ukraine); Lviv Scientific Research Institute of Materials, Scientific Research Company ' ' Carat' ' , Stryjska str. 202, 79031 Lviv (Ukraine); Filipecki, Jacek [Institute of Physics, Jan Dlugosz University in Czestochowa, Armii Krajowej al. 13/15, 42200 Czestochowa (Poland)

    2013-01-15

    The processes of atomic shrinkage in network-forming solids initiated by external influences are tested using technique of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy at the example of chalcogenide vitreous semiconductors of arsenic sulphide type and acrylic polymers for dental application. Two state positron trapping is shown to be responsible for atomic shrinkage in chalcogenide glasses, while mixed trapping and ortho-positronium decaying is character for volumetric densification and stress propagation in acrylic dental polymers. At the basis of the obtained results it is concluded that correct analysis of externally-induced shrinkage in polymer networks under consideration can be developed by using original positron lifetime data treatment algorithms to compensate defect-free bulk annihilation channel within two-state positron trapping model and account for an interbalance between simultaneously co-existing positron trapping and orth-positronium related decaying channels within mixed three-state positron annihilation model (copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  14. Positron annihilation lifetime study of extended defects in semiconductor glasses and polymers

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    Boyko, Olha; Shpotyuk, Yaroslav; Filipecki, Jacek

    2013-01-01

    The processes of atomic shrinkage in network-forming solids initiated by external influences are tested using technique of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy at the example of chalcogenide vitreous semiconductors of arsenic sulphide type and acrylic polymers for dental application. Two state positron trapping is shown to be responsible for atomic shrinkage in chalcogenide glasses, while mixed trapping and ortho-positronium decaying is character for volumetric densification and stress propagation in acrylic dental polymers. At the basis of the obtained results it is concluded that correct analysis of externally-induced shrinkage in polymer networks under consideration can be developed by using original positron lifetime data treatment algorithms to compensate defect-free bulk annihilation channel within two-state positron trapping model and account for an interbalance between simultaneously co-existing positron trapping and orth-positronium related decaying channels within mixed three-state positron annihilation model (copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  15. Study of the ortho-positron annihilation process in zeolite Y

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    Alvarado D, M. E.

    2010-01-01

    For several years a great interest has existed for the study of the natural and synthetic zeolites due to its properties. The porosity, one of their main characteristics allows that these materials are used as molecular sieves, catalysts, gases drying, etc. In order to investigating the porosity and other zeolite properties one carries out the study of the process of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (Pals). This is a technique that provides information about the size and the pores form since is highly sensitive to the free volume and the superficial area of those porous materials as the zeolites. The study began with the elaboration of zeolite Y tablets in a hydraulic press where different pressures (from 0 to 1.26 GPa) and masses (70, 80 and 100 mg) were proven to obtain the estimate porosity of each tablet. A graph was elaborated and the effect of the mass and pressure with regard to the zeolite porosity was analyzed. Later on, the powder and tablets of 70 mg were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (the glass size, interplanar distance, length and the volume of the unitary cell); scanning electron microscopy (the particles size and morphology); thermo gravimetric analysis (dehydration temperature and the stability up to 700 C) and the Brunauer Emmett Teller method (specific area). After the zeolite Y tablets characterization was carried out the positron annihilation process by means of Pals where its free volume of zeolite Y was analyzed, which includes to the structural cavities and the interparticle volume. The powdered zeolite was analyzed to different experimental conditions (preparation of the sample and the Pals equipment) to obtain the optimal conditions (a window with a time of 400 ns and a enlarged energy window) of analysis. On the other hand, the tablets were analyzed under optimal conditions to obtain the four components of time and intensity (τ, Ι), result of the different ways of positrons annihilation in the zeolite. These

  16. A study on lead myristate (LM) soap film crystal by positron annihilation life spectroscopy

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    Shi Zikang; Yu xianchun

    1992-01-01

    The quality of the LM soap film crystal is determined by means of the positron annihilation life spectroscopy. It is found that the technology to be used to make soap film will influence the film quality and the film quality can be improved by a reasonable heat treatment

  17. Total cross section for hadron production by electron-positron annihilation at ADONE

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    Ambrosio, M.; Paternoster, G.; Tortora, L.; Troya, U.; Bemporad, C.; Brosco, G.; Calvetti, M.; Costantini, F.; Giannini, G.R.; Lariccia, P.; Pisa Univ.

    1980-01-01

    The total cross section for electron-positron annihilation into three or more hadrons has been measured for centre of mass energies between 1.4 and 2.0 GeV. The data were obtained at ADONE by the B anti B experiment. (orig.)

  18. Positron annihilation study on Y-Ba-Cu-O high Tc superconductors

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    Balogh, A.G.; Liszkay, L.; Molnar, B.; Puff, W.

    1987-08-01

    First positron annihilation measurements are reported on high T c superconductor YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x . The lifetime and Doppler broadening spectra show a slight but significant change about 240K suggesting a deviation from the normal structure far above 90K where the resistance falls to zero. (author)

  19. Some aspects of free volume studies in molecular substances using positron annihilation experiments

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    Shantarovich, V.P.; Gustov, V.W.; Kevdina, I.B.; Suzuki, T.; Djourelov, N.; Shimazu, A.

    2005-01-01

    Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy is accepted now as a method for the studies of elementary free volumes (free volume holes) in solids, in polymers in particular. The aim of this paper is to discuss some problems, the difficulties on the way of this application and to illustrate them by several examples obtained by the authors. (author)

  20. A Positron Annihilation Study of Copper Containing a High Concentration of Krypton

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    Eldrup, Morten Mostgaard; Evans, John H.

    1982-01-01

    Bulk Cu samples containing up to 4 at.% Kr have been produced by the Harwell combined ion implantation and sputtering method at temperatures near ambient, and then examined by the positron annihilation technique. Both angular correlation and lifetime measurements were made and, in addition...

  1. A positron annihilation spectroscopic investigation of europium-doped cerium oxide nanoparticles.

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    Thorat, Atul V; Ghoshal, Tandra; Holmes, Justin D; Nambissan, P M G; Morris, Michael A

    2014-01-07

    Doping in ceria (CeO2) nanoparticles with europium (Eu) of varying concentrations (0, 0.1, 0.5, …, 50 atom%) is studied using complementary experimental techniques and novel observations were made during the investigation. The immediate observable effect was a distinct reduction in particle sizes with increasing Eu concentration attributed to the relaxation of strain introduced due to the replacement of Ce(4+) ions by Eu(3+) ions of larger radius. However, this general trend was reversed in the doping concentration range of 0.1-1 atom% due to the reduction of Ce(4+) to Ce(3+) and the formation of anion vacancies. Quantum confinement effects became evident with the increase of band gap energy when the particle sizes reduced below 7-8 nm. Positron annihilation studies indicated the presence of vacancy type defects in the form of vacancy clusters within the nanoparticles. Some positron annihilation was also seen on the surface of crystallites as a result of diffusion of thermalized positrons before annihilation. Coincidence Doppler broadening measurements indicated the annihilation of positrons with electrons of different species of atoms and the characteristic S-W plot showed a kink-like feature at the particle sizes where quantum confinement effects began.

  2. Positron annihilation lifetime studies of SrTiO.sub.3./sub. crystal and ceramic materials

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    Keeble, D.J.; McGuire, R.; Singh, S.; Su, B.; Button, T.W.; Petzelt, Jan

    2005-01-01

    Roč. 128, - (2005), s. 111-114 ISSN 1155-4339 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100520 Keywords : positron annihilation * SrTiO 3 crystal * spectroscopy Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 0.389, year: 2005

  3. The study of synthetic food dyes by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy.

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    Pivtsaev, A. A.; Razov, V. I.

    2015-06-01

    By method of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS), substances are food dyes were studied: E-102 (Tartrazine), E-124 (Ponso 4R), E 132 (Indigo carmine), E-133 (Brilliant Blue), E-151 (Black Shiny). They are examined for the presence of carcinogenic properties. The difference between dyes having explicit carcinogenic properties and mutagenic properties (non-explicit carcinogens) is established.

  4. The study of synthetic food dyes by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy

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    Pivtsaev, A A; Razov, V I

    2015-01-01

    By method of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS), substances are food dyes were studied: E-102 (Tartrazine), E-124 (Ponso 4R), E 132 (Indigo carmine), E-133 (Brilliant Blue), E-151 (Black Shiny). They are examined for the presence of carcinogenic properties. The difference between dyes having explicit carcinogenic properties and mutagenic properties (non-explicit carcinogens) is established. (paper)

  5. Surface investigations by means of positrons annihilation; Badania warstwy wierzchniej metoda anihilacji pozytonow

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    Dryzek, J. [Institute of Nuclear Physics, Cracow (Poland); Stegemann, T.; Cleff, B. [Muenster Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Kernphysik

    1996-12-31

    The aim of the report is a presentation of the positron annihilation studies performed on the Cu samples that surface was exposed to the friction and wear processes. Using the measurement of Doppler broadening of annihilation line, we were able to detect the profile of vacancies in the top layers of the defected metals. It was established that one could describe the profile by a simple exponential function of the depth in all cases. The range of vacancies concentration depth depends on the load, time and the speed of the defects creation processes on the surface of a sample. The outline of the positron annihilation method is also given. (author). 10 refs, 16 figs, 5 tabs.

  6. Utility of positron annihilation lifetime technique for the assessment of spectroscopic data of some charge-transfer complexes derived from N-(1-Naphthyl)ethylenediamine dihydrochloride.

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    Refat, Moamen S; Adam, Abdel Majid A; Sharshar, T; Saad, Hosam A; Eldaroti, Hala H

    2014-03-25

    In this work, structural, thermal, morphological, pharmacological screening and positron annihilation lifetime measurements were performed on the interactions between a N-(1-Naphthyl)ethylenediamine dihydrochloride (NEDA·2HCl) donor and three types of acceptors to characterize these CT complexes. The three types of acceptors include π-acceptors (quinol and picric acid), σ-acceptors (iodine) and vacant orbital acceptors (tin(IV) tetrachloride and zinc chloride). The positron annihilation lifetime parameters were found to be dependent on the structure, electronic configuration, the power of acceptors and molecular weight of the CT complexes. The positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy can be used as a probe for the formation of charge-transfer (CT) complexes. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Chemical application of positron annihilation through triple coincidence measurement

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    Yegnasubramanian, S.; Gangadharan, S.

    1982-01-01

    This report summarises the work on the application of triple coincidence measurement of annihilation radiation for providing chemical state information; the observations have been corroborated by angular correlation and Doppler broadening measurements and supplemented by the magnetic quenching in the angular correlation and peak-to-valley ratio in the Ge(Li) singles spectrum for the 511 keV line. (author)

  8. Intrinsic spatial resolution limitations due to differences between positron emission position and annihilation detection localization

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    Perez, Pedro; Malano, Francisco; Valente, Mauro

    2012-01-01

    Since its successful implementation for clinical diagnostic, positron emission tomography (PET) represents the most promising medical imaging technique. The recent major growth of PET imaging is mainly due to its ability to trace the biologic pathways of different compounds in the patient's body, assuming the patient can be labeled with some PET isotope. Regardless of the type of isotope, the PET imaging method is based on the detection of two 511-keV gamma photons being emitted in opposite directions, with almost 180 deg between them, as a consequence of electron-positron annihilation. Therefore, this imaging method is intrinsically limited by random uncertainties in spatial resolutions, related with differences between the actual position of positron emission and the location of the detected annihilation. This study presents an approach with the Monte Carlo method to analyze the influence of this effect on different isotopes of potential implementation in PET. (author)

  9. Interface detection in poly-ethylene terephthalate-metal laminates using variable energy positron annihilation

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    Escobar Galindo, R.; Schut, H.; Veen, A. van; Rastogi, R.; Vellinga, W.P.; Meijer, H.E.H.

    2005-01-01

    Thin coatings of poly-ethylene terephthalate (PET) on metal ('laminates') have been studied with a variable energy positron annihilation technique. A correlation between PET crystallinity and the positron annihilation parameter S related to the free volume in the polymer is found. It is shown that buried interfaces in these systems may be detected provided the S parameter of the polymer coating is lower than that of the substrate and higher than that of the surface. Also it is found that large positron diffusion lengths in the substrate favour interface detection. Further, changes in S parameter of PET-metal laminates were measured during uniaxial deformation and shown to be in qualitative accordance with a very simple model description that accounts for changes in free volume in PET during plastic deformation as well as the area fraction of cracks occurring in the PET

  10. Point defects and precipitation phenomena in Cu-Zn-Al alloys. A study by positrons annihilation

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    Romero, R.; Salgueiro, W.; Somoza, A.; Ahlers, M.H.

    1990-01-01

    Monocrystalline phase Cu-Zn-Al samples in phase β (derived from a bcc structure) were treated with different homogenization thermal treatments, isothermal annealing, and tempering at different time intervals. In this way, point defects are fixed and gamma phase precipitation is induced. The evolution of this technique's characteristic parameters was followed with positron annihilation temporal spectroscopy at room temperature. Owing to the extreme sensitivity of positrons to defects like vacancies, it is possible to study the migration of these defects in detail. It can be seen that the presence of precipitates within the matrix phase modifies the annihilation parameters. Results are discussed as a function of the standard model for positron trapping by defects. (Author). 9 refs., 4 figs

  11. Deuterium trapping at vacancy clusters in electron/neutron-irradiated tungsten studied by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Toyama, T.; Ami, K.; Inoue, K.; Nagai, Y.; Sato, K.; Xu, Q.; Hatano, Y.

    2018-02-01

    Deuterium trapping at irradiation-induced defects in tungsten, a candidate material for plasma facing components in fusion reactors, was revealed by positron annihilation spectroscopy. Pure tungsten was electron-irradiated (8.5 MeV at ∼373 K and to a dose of ∼1 × 10-3 dpa) or neutron-irradiated (at 573 K to a dose of ∼0.3 dpa), followed by post-irradiation annealing at 573 K for 100 h in deuterium gas of ∼0.1 MPa. In both cases of electron- or neutron-irradiation, vacancy clusters were found by positron lifetime measurements. In addition, positron annihilation with deuterium electrons was demonstrated by coincidence Doppler broadening measurements, directly indicating deuterium trapping at vacancy-type defects. This is expected to cause significant increase in deuterium retention in irradiated-tungsten.

  12. The study of defects in metallic alloys by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Romero, R.; Salgueiro, W.; Somoza, A.

    1990-01-01

    Positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) has become in a very useful non destructive testing to the study of condensed matter. Specially, in the last two decades, with the advent of solid state detectors and high-resolution time spectrometers. The basic information obtained with PAS in solid-state physics is on electronic structure in free defect materials. However, positron annihilation techniques (lifetime, angular correlation and Doppler broadening) have been succesfully applied to study crystal lattice defects with lower-than-average electron density, such as vacancies, small vacancy clusters, etc.. In this sense, information about: vacancy formation and migration energies, dislocations, grain boundaries, solid-solid phase transformation and radiation damage was obtained. In this work the application of the positron lifetime technique to study the thermal effects on a fine-grained superplastic Al-Ca-Zn alloy and the quenched-in defects in monocrystals of β Cu-Zn-Al alloy for several quenching temperatures is shown. (Author) [es

  13. Positron annihilation spectroscopy of vacancy aggregates in neutron-irradiated MgO crystals

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    Pareja, R.; De La Cruz, R.M.; Gonzalez, R.; Chen, Y.; Department of Energy, Washington, DC

    1992-01-01

    Positron annihilation measurements in neutron-irradiated MgO crystals show that the positron lifetime is shorter than in as-grown crystals, suggesting that most of the defects produced by neutron irradiations are positively charged. The concentration of the neutral anion vacancy (possibly also the neutral anion divacancy) is estimated to be no more than ∼ 10 16 cm -3 for samples irradiated to a dose of 10 17 to 10 19 n cm -2 . Annealing experiments on the neutron-irradiated crystals show a significant increase in the positron lifetime after anneals at 900 K. The increase is attributed to positron trapping by anion-vacancy aggregates. A lifetime of (284±15)ps is tentatively assigned to positrons trapped in these aggregates. (Author)

  14. Photoluminescence and positron annihilation spectroscopic investigation on a H(+) irradiated ZnO single crystal.

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    Sarkar, A; Chakrabarti, Mahuya; Sanyal, D; Bhowmick, D; Dechoudhury, S; Chakrabarti, A; Rakshit, Tamita; Ray, S K

    2012-08-15

    Low temperature photoluminescence and room temperature positron annihilation spectroscopy have been employed to investigate the defects incorporated by 6 MeV H(+) ions in a hydrothermally grown ZnO single crystal. Prior to irradiation, the emission from donor bound excitons is at 3.378 eV (10 K). The irradiation creates an intense and narrow emission at 3.368 eV (10 K). The intensity of this peak is nearly four times that of the dominant near band edge peak of the pristine crystal. The characteristic features of the 3.368 eV emission indicate its origin as a 'hydrogen at oxygen vacancy' type defect. The positron annihilation lifetime measurement reveals a single component lifetime spectrum for both the unirradiated (164 ± 1 ps) and irradiated crystal (175 ± 1 ps). It reflects the fact that the positron lifetime and intensity of the new irradiation driven defect species are a little higher compared to those in the unirradiated crystal. However, the estimated defect concentration, even considering the high dynamic defect annihilation rate in ZnO, comes out to be ∼4 × 10(17) cm(-3) (using SRIM software). This is a very high defect concentration compared to the defect sensitivity of positron annihilation spectroscopy. A probable reason is the partial filling of the incorporated vacancies (positron traps), which in ZnO are zinc vacancies. The positron lifetime of ∼175 ps (in irradiated ZnO) is consistent with recent theoretical calculations for partially hydrogen-filled zinc vacancies in ZnO. Passivation of oxygen vacancies by hydrogen is also reflected in the photoluminescence results. A possible reason for such vacancy filling (at both Zn and O sites) due to irradiation has also been discussed.

  15. Analysis of stress degradation of metals by positron annihilation

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    Kuramoto, E.

    2003-01-01

    Since the stress degradation of metals originates from the change of the microstructure induced by glide motion and multiplication of dislocations, fundamental features of this process have been investigated from the viewpoint of the dislocation - dislocation interaction and the consequent vacancy production by using positron technique and computer simulation. Corresponding to the positron trapping at deformation induced defects in metals such as Fe and Ni, positron lifetime calculation has been made for the configurations obtained in model Fe and Ni lattices which contain a dislocation and vacancies produced by dislocation cutting process. The important results are (1) straight dislocation lines usually behave as shallow traps for a positron and the corresponding positron lifetime is close to that at matrix, (2) complex defects consisting of a dislocation line and vacancies usually show intermediate positron lifetimes between matrix and a single vacancy. Vacancy production process by dislocation cutting is simulated in model Fe lattice and it has been clarified that a vacancy is produced at each step of a climbing jog dragged by a screw dislocation line on atomic row in the vicinity of a jog. Another topic of vacancy production process in a small Cu precipitate cut by a gliding dislocation has also been simulated in Fe model lattice, showing a conversion from a straight dislocation line to a jogged line after cutting the Cu precipitates. (author)

  16. Annihilation gamma ray background characterization and rejection for a positron camera

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    Levin, C.S.; Tornai, M.P.; MacDonald, L.R.

    1996-01-01

    We have developed a miniature (1.2 cm 2 ) beta-ray camera prototype to assist a surgeon in locating and removing the margins of a resected tumor. When imaging positron emitting radiopharmaceuticals, annihilation gamma ray interactions in the detector can mimic those of the betas. The extent of the background contamination depends on the detector, geometry and tumor specificity of the radiopharmaceutical. We have characterized the effects that annihilation gamma rays have on positron imaging with the camera. We studied beta and gamma ray detection rates and imaging using small positron or electron sources directly exposed to the detector to simulate hot tumor remnants and a cylinder filled with 18 F to simulate annihilation background from the brain. For various ratios of phantom brain/tumor activity, a annihilation gamma rate of 1.8 cts/sec/gCi was measured in the CaF 2 (Eu) detector. We present two gamma-ray background rejection schemes that use a β-γ coincidence. Results show that the coincidence methods works with ∼99% gamma ray rejection efficiency

  17. Experimental study of jets in electron-positron-annihilation

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    Bartel, W.; Cords, D.; Dittmann, P.; Eichler, R.; Felst, R.; Haidt, D.; Krehbiel, H.; Naroska, B.; O'Neill, L.H.; Steffen, P.

    1981-02-01

    Data on hadron production by e + e - -annihilation at c.m. energies between 30 GeV and 36 GeV are presented and compared with two models both based on first order QCD but using different schemes for the fragmentation of quarks and gluons into hadrons. In one model the fragmentation proceeds along the parton momenta, in the other along the colour-anticolour axes. The data are reproduced better by fragmentation along the colour axes. (orig.)

  18. Probing sub-nano level molecular packing and correlated positron annihilation characteristics of ionic cross-linked chitosan membranes using positron annihilation spectroscopy.

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    Xia, Rui; Cao, Xingzhong; Gao, Meizhen; Zhang, Peng; Zeng, Minfeng; Wang, Baoyi; Wei, Long

    2017-02-01

    Chitosan, CS, cross-linked with bivalent palladium has shown enhanced mechanical and thermal properties depending on the transformation of the structure at a microscopic scale. In the present study, CS directly cross-linked by palladium cation membranes (CS-cr-PM) was prepared through a solution-casting method. Mobility of chitosan chains were greatly reduced after crosslinking, making a great reduction in the swelling ratio studied by a water-swelling degree measurement, which led to an improvement in molecular chain rigidity. In order to investigate the chain packing at the molecular level in the ionic cross-linked CS system, the structure of chemically-crosslinked CS is investigated by means of the combined use of wide angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) and infrared measurements, and a combination of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) and simultaneous coincidence Doppler broadening (CDB) spectroscopy offers coherent information on both the free-volume related sub-nano level molecular packing and the chemical surrounding of free volume nanoholes in CS-cr-PM as a function of palladium salt loading. The variations in the free volume size and size distribution have been determined through the ortho-positronium (o-Ps) lifetime and its lifetime distribution. The studies showed that a strong interaction between CS molecules and palladium cations results in the change in crystallinity in formed CS-cr-PM leading to variational chain packing density. Meanwhile, significant inhibition effects on positronium formation due to doping are observed, which could be interpreted in terms of the existence of chloride ions. Applications of positron annihilation spectroscopy to study the microstructure and correlated positron annihilation characteristics of an ionic cross-linked CS system are systematically discussed.

  19. Positron annihilation in pivalic acid. Temperature dependence of angular correlation curves

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    Jain, P. C.; Eldrup, Morten Mostgaard; Pedersen, Niels Jørgen

    1986-01-01

    -off-, and p-Ps intrinsic annihilation. The p-Ps component has a width (fwhm) of 3.75 mrad in the brittle phase, probably due to Ps self-trapping or trapping in defects smaller than molecular vacancies. In the plastic phase the width (fwhm) is 3.25 mrad which is ascribed to Ps localization in vacancies......Positron annihilation angular correlation curves have been measured as a function of temperature for trimethylacetic (pivalic) acid in both the brittle and plastic phases. A simple fitting of the data to a sum of three gaussians shows the presence of a narrow component due to para-positronium (p...

  20. Positron annihilation characteristics of ODS and non-ODS EUROFER isochronally annealed

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    Ortega, Y.; Castro, V. de; Monge, M.A.; Munoz, A.; Leguey, T.; Pareja, R.

    2008-01-01

    Yttrium oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) and non-ODS EUROFER produced by mechanical alloying and hot isostatic pressing have been subjected to isochronal annealing up to 1523 K, and the evolution of the open-volume defects and their thermal stability have been investigated using positron lifetime and coincidence Doppler broadening (CDB) techniques. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observations have also been performed on the studied samples to verify the characteristics of the surviving defects after annealing at 1523 K. The CDB spectra of ODS EUROFER exhibit a characteristic signature that is attributed to positron annihilation in Ar-decorated cavities at the oxide particle/matrix interfaces. The variation of the positron annihilation parameters with the annealing temperature shows three stages: up to 623 K, between 823 and 1323 K, and above 1323 K. Three-dimensional vacancy clusters, or voids, are detected in either materials in as-HIPed condition and after annealing at T ≤ 623 K. In the temperature range 823-1323 K, these voids' growth and nucleation and the growth of other new species of voids take place. Above 1323 K, some unstable cavities start to anneal out, and cavities associated to oxide particles and other small precipitates survive to annealing at 1523 K. The TEM observations and the positron annihilation results indicate that these cavities should be decorated with Ar atoms absorbed during the mechanical alloying process

  1. Characterizing free volumes and layer structures in polymeric membranes using slow positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Jean, Y C; Chen Hongmin; Awad, Somia; Zhang Sui; Chen Hangzheng; Lau, Cher Hon; Wang Huan; Li Fuyun; Chung, Tai-Shung; Lee, L James; Huang, James

    2011-01-01

    Positron annihilation spectroscopy coupled with a newly built slow positron beam at National University of Singapore has been used to study the free volume, pore, and depth profile (0 - 10 μm) in cellulose acetate polymeric membrane at the bottom and top sides of membranes for ionic separation in water purification applications. The S and R parameters from Doppler broadening energy of annihilation radiation representing free volumes (0.1-1 nm size) and pores (>1 nm-μm) as a function of depth have been analyzed into multilayers, i.e. skin dense, transition, and porous layers, respectively. The top side of membrane has large free volumes and pores and the bottom side has a skin dense layer, which plays a key role in membrane performance. Positron annihilation lifetime results provide additional information about free-volume size and distribution at the atomic and molecular scale in polymeric membrane systems. Doppler broadening energy and lifetime spectroscopies coupled with a variable mono-energy slow positron beam are sensitive and novel techniques for characterization of polymeric membrane in separation applications.

  2. Positron annihilation spectroscopy study on annealing effect of CuO nanoparticles

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    Shi, Jianjian; Wang, Jiaheng; Yang, Wei; Zhu, Zhejie; Wu, Yichu, E-mail: ycwu@whu.edu.cn [School of Physics and Technology, Hubei Key Laboratory of Nuclear Solid State Physics, Wuhan University (WHU), Wuhan (China)

    2016-03-15

    The microstructure and defects of CuO nanoparticles under isochronal annealing were investigated by positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). XRD and SEM results indicated that the average grain sizes of CuO nanoparticles grew slowly below 800 °C, and then increased rapidly with the annealing temperature from 800 to 1000 °C. Positron lifetime analysis exhibited that positrons were mainly annihilated in mono-vacancies (V{sub Cu}, V{sub O}) and vacancy clusters when annealing from 200 to 800 °C. Furthermore, W-S plot of Doppler broadening spectra at different annealing temperatures found that the (W, S) points distributed on two different defect species, which suggested that V{sup −}{sub Cu} - V{sup +}{sub O} complexes were produced when the grains grew to bigger size after annealing above 800 °C, and positrons might annihilate at these complexes. (author)

  3. Positron annihilation characteristics of ODS and non-ODS EUROFER isochronally annealed

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    Ortega, Y. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganes (Spain)], E-mail: yanicet@fis.ucm.es; Castro, V. de; Monge, M.A.; Munoz, A.; Leguey, T.; Pareja, R. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganes (Spain)

    2008-05-31

    Yttrium oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) and non-ODS EUROFER produced by mechanical alloying and hot isostatic pressing have been subjected to isochronal annealing up to 1523 K, and the evolution of the open-volume defects and their thermal stability have been investigated using positron lifetime and coincidence Doppler broadening (CDB) techniques. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observations have also been performed on the studied samples to verify the characteristics of the surviving defects after annealing at 1523 K. The CDB spectra of ODS EUROFER exhibit a characteristic signature that is attributed to positron annihilation in Ar-decorated cavities at the oxide particle/matrix interfaces. The variation of the positron annihilation parameters with the annealing temperature shows three stages: up to 623 K, between 823 and 1323 K, and above 1323 K. Three-dimensional vacancy clusters, or voids, are detected in either materials in as-HIPed condition and after annealing at T {<=} 623 K. In the temperature range 823-1323 K, these voids' growth and nucleation and the growth of other new species of voids take place. Above 1323 K, some unstable cavities start to anneal out, and cavities associated to oxide particles and other small precipitates survive to annealing at 1523 K. The TEM observations and the positron annihilation results indicate that these cavities should be decorated with Ar atoms absorbed during the mechanical alloying process.

  4. Positron Annihilation in Solid Charge-Transfer Complexes

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    Lévay, B.; Jansen, P.

    1979-01-01

    Positron lifetime and angular correlation measurements have been carried out on 1:1 charge-transfer complexes, on their pure donor and acceptor components and on the 1:1 M mechanical mixtures of these components. Complex formation reduced the intensity of the long-lifetime component of the donor ...

  5. Detection of defects in electron-irradiated synthetic silica quartz probed by positron annihilation

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    Watauchi, Satoshi; Uedono, Akira; Ujihira, Yusuke; Yoda, Osamu.

    1994-01-01

    Defects in amorphous SiO 2 films, formed on MOS(metal/oxide/semiconductor) devices as gates, perturb its operation. The positron annihilation techniques, were applied to the study of the annealing behavior of the defects, introduced in the high purity synthetic quartz glass by the irradiation of 3-MeV electrons up to the 1x10 18 e - /cm 2 dosage. It was proved that the positron annihilation techniques were sufficiently sensitive to detect the defects in the electron-irradiated silica glasses. Three types of open-space defects were detected by the positron lifetime measurements. These can be attributed to monovacancy or divacancy type defects, vacancy clusters, and open-volume defects. A high formation probability (∼90%) of positroniums(Ps) was found in unirradiated specimens. These Ps were considered to be formed in open-volume defects. The formation probability of Ps was drastically decreased by the electron irradiation. But the size of open-volume defects was kept unchanged by the irradiation. These facts suggest that vacancy-type defects were introduced by the electron irradiation and that positrons were trapped in these defects. By the isochronal annealing in nitrogen atmosphere, the lifetime component (τ 2 ) and its relative intensity (I 2 ), attributed to positrons trapped in monovacancy or divacancy type defects and annihilated there, changed remarkably. τ 2 was constant in the temperature range up to 300degC, getting slightly shorter between 300degC and 700degC, and constant above 700degC. I 2 decreased gradually up to 300degC, constant between 300degC and 550degC, decreased above 550degC, and constant above 700degC. This revealed that the behavior of the defects, in which positrons were trapped, change by the elevation of the annealing temperature. (author)

  6. Positron annihilation in modified zeolites LTA and 13X

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    Cabral-Prieto, A.; Garcia-Sosa, I.; Jimenez-Becerril, J. [Departamento de Quimica, Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, Apartado Postal 18-1027, Col. Escandon, Del. M. Hidalgo, Mexico D. F., c. p. 11801 (Mexico); Lopez-Castanares, R.; Olea-Cardoso, O. [Facultad de Quimica, Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico, Paseo Tollocan esquina paseo Tollocan, esquina paseo Colon, Toluca, c. p. 50120, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

    2007-07-01

    The pick-off annihilation lifetimes of o -Ps, {tau}{sub po}, in dehydrated Co{sup 2+} and Mn{sup 2+} exchanged zeolites LTA, in dehydrated Co{sup 2+} exchanged zeolite 13X, and in dehydrated Na{sup +} zeolites LTA and 13X, are estimated. Although {tau}{sub po} can be estimated from the lifetime spectra of the cation exchanged zeolites LTA and 13X, this lifetime can not be estimated from those spectra of Na{sup +} zeolite LTA unambiguously. The estimated pick-off lifetimes due to the annihilation of o-Ps in the internal walls of the zeolites are systematically lower than the average lifetime of p-Ps and o-Ps in vacuum {tau}{sub a}=0.5 ns. Since the pick-off process of o-Ps occurs particularly on the internal cavity walls of dehydrated zeolites, the replacement of {tau}{sub a} by {tau}{sub po} within the classical model of Tao-Eldrup to calculate cavity radius should provide more realistic cavity radii of these porous materials than when using {l_brace}{tau}{sub a}{r_brace}. This suggestion is supported by previous and present results. (copyright 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  7. Development and Testing of the Positron Identification By Coincident Annihilation Photons (PICAP) System

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    Tran, D.; Connell, J. J.; Lopate, C.; Bickford, B.

    2014-12-01

    Moderate energy positrons (~few to 10 MeV) have seldom been observed in the Heliosphere, due primarily to there not having been dedicated instruments for such measurements. Their detection would have implications in the study of Solar energetic particle events and the transport and modulation of the Solar wind and Galactic cosmic rays. The Positron Identification by Coincident Annihilation Photons (PICAP) system is designed specifically to measure these moderate energy positrons by simultaneously detecting the two 511-keV γ-ray photons that result from a positron stopping in the instrument and the subsequent electron-positron annihilation. This method is also expected to effectively discriminate positrons from protons by measuring the amount of energy deposited in the detectors (dE/dx versus residual energy). PICAP offers a low-mass, low-power option for measuring positrons, electrons, and ions in space. Following Monte Carlo modeling, a PICAP laboratory prototype, adaptable to a space-flight design, was designed, built, and tested. This instrument is comprised of (Si) solid-state detectors, plastic scintillation detectors, and high-Z BGO crystal scintillator suitable for detecting the 511-keV γ rays. The prototype underwent preliminary laboratory testing and calibration using radioactive sources for the purpose of establishing functionality. It has since been exposed to beams of energetic protons (up to ~200 MeV) at Massachusetts General Hospital's Francis H. Burr Proton Beam Therapy Center and positrons and electrons (up to ~10 MeV) at Idaho State University's Idaho Accelerator Center. The goal is to validate modeling and determine the performance of the instrument concept. We will present a summary of modeling calculations and analysis of data taken at the accelerator tests. This work is 95% supported by NASA Grant NNX10AC10G.

  8. New approaches for a time- and position-resolved detector for positron annihilation spectroscopy at PLEPS

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    Ackermann, Ulrich; Egger, Werner; Sperr, Peter; Loewe, Benjamin; Ravelli, Luca; Koegel, Gottfried; Dollinger, Guenther [Universitaet der Bundeswehr Muenchen, LRT2 (Germany); Jagutzki, Ottmar [Universitaet Frankfurt, RoentDek GmbH (Germany)

    2013-07-01

    The pulsed low energy positron system PLEPS at NEPOMUC at the FRM II is a tool for depth resolved positron lifetime measurements. Besides positron lifetime measurements 2D-AMOC (two dimensional age momentum correlation) experiments are also possible. 2D-AMOC provides in coincidence the lifetime of the positron and the longitudinal momentum distribution of the annihilating electron. It would be of great scientific concern to measure simultaneously the entire 3D-momentum distribution of the annihilating electron and the corresponding lifetime of the positron (4D-AMOC). To perform 4D-AMOC measurements, a time and spatially resolving detector with a time resolution of about 100 ps (FWHM) and a spatial resolution of circa 2 mm over an area of about 12 cm{sup 2} is required in coincidence with a pixelated Ge-detector and currently under development at our institute. It is intended to use a MCP-based UV-light detector with two MCP-stages coupled to a BaF{sub 2} scintillator. To achieve the spatial resolution the centroid information of the photoelectron-cloud is detected with a position sensitive anode installed outside the housing of the MCP detector. As an alternative to a MCP-based detector, silicon photomultipliers are also envisaged.

  9. Positron annihilation signatures associated with the outburst of the microquasar V404 Cygni.

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    Siegert, Thomas; Diehl, Roland; Greiner, Jochen; Krause, Martin G H; Beloborodov, Andrei M; Bel, Marion Cadolle; Guglielmetti, Fabrizia; Rodriguez, Jerome; Strong, Andrew W; Zhang, Xiaoling

    2016-03-17

    Microquasars are stellar-mass black holes accreting matter from a companion star and ejecting plasma jets at almost the speed of light. They are analogues of quasars that contain supermassive black holes of 10(6) to 10(10) solar masses. Accretion in microquasars varies on much shorter timescales than in quasars and occasionally produces exceptionally bright X-ray flares. How the flares are produced is unclear, as is the mechanism for launching the relativistic jets and their composition. An emission line near 511 kiloelectronvolts has long been sought in the emission spectrum of microquasars as evidence for the expected electron-positron plasma. Transient high-energy spectral features have been reported in two objects, but their positron interpretation remains contentious. Here we report observations of γ-ray emission from the microquasar V404 Cygni during a recent period of strong flaring activity. The emission spectrum around 511 kiloelectronvolts shows clear signatures of variable positron annihilation, which implies a high rate of positron production. This supports the earlier conjecture that microquasars may be the main sources of the electron-positron plasma responsible for the bright diffuse emission of annihilation γ-rays in the bulge region of our Galaxy. Additionally, microquasars could be the origin of the observed megaelectronvolt continuum excess in the inner Galaxy.

  10. Positron annihilation and thermally stimulated current of electron beam irradiated polyetheretherketone

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    Fujita, Shigetaka; Shinyama, Katsuyoshi; Baba, Makoto [Hachinohe Inst. of Tech., Hachinohe, Aomori (Japan); Suzuki, Takenori

    1997-03-01

    Positron lifetime measurements were applied to electron beam irradiated poly(ether-ether-ketone). The lifetime, {tau}{sub 3}, of the ortho-positronium of unirradiated and 5 MGy irradiated specimen became rapidly longer above about 150degC. {tau}{sub 3} of 50 MGy and 100 MGy irradiated specimen was shorter than that of unirradiated one. Thermally stimulated current (TSC) decreased with increasing the dose before voltage application. In the case of voltage application, a TSC peak appeared and the peak value decreased with increased the dose. The correlation between the results of positron annihilation and TSC was investigated. (author)

  11. J-PET detector system for studies of the electron-positron annihilations

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    Pawlik-Niedźwiecka M.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Jagiellonian Positron Emission Tomograph (J-PET has been recently constructed at the Jagiellonian University as a prototype of a cost-effective scanner for the metabolic imaging of the whole human body. J-PET detector is optimized for the measurement of momentum and polarization of photons from the electron-positron annihilations. It is built out of strips of plastic scintillators, forming three cylindrical layers. As detector of gamma quanta it will be used for studies of discrete symmetries and multiparticle entanglement of photons originating from the decays of ortho-positronium atoms.

  12. Determination of phase transitions in a lyotropic liquid crystal by Positron Annihilation technique

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    Castillo V, V.M.

    1994-01-01

    Positron annihilation technique was used to determine the phase transitions in a lyotropic liquid crystal, as a function of temperature. Seven different concentrations of the surfactant cetyldimethylethylammonium bromide, were studied. The liquid crystal studied consisted of a binary system, formed by the surfactant and water. Positron annihilation technique has a very high sensitivity toward changes in the microestructure, in condensed matter, this is useful in order to detect the temperatures at which phase transitions occur and the number of these, in a liquid crystalline system. Thus, phase transitions are related with changes occurred in the ortho-positronium parameters: lifetime (τ 3 ) and intensity of formation (I 3 ). Six different kinds of phases were detected in the system studied in a temperature range of 35 to 140 Centigrade degrees, those phases were: hexagonal, hexagonal-lamellae, lamellae, lamellae-cubic, nematic and anisotropic. Using optical microscopic the textures of these phases were assigned. (Author)

  13. Positron Annihilation and Complementary Studies of Copper Sandblasted with Alumina Particles at Different Pressures

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    Paweł Horodek

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available Positron annihilation spectroscopy and complementary methods were used to detect changes induced by sandblasting of alumina particles at different pressures varying from 1 to 6 bar in pure well-annealed copper. The positron lifetime measurements revealed existence of dislocations and vacancy clusters in the adjoined surface layer. The presence of retained alumina particles in the copper at the depth below 50 µm was found in the SEM pictures and also in the annihilation line shape parameter profiles measured in the etching experiment. The profiles show us that the total depth of damaged zones induced by sandblasting of alumina particles ranges from 140 µm up to ca. 800 µm and it depends on the applied pressure. The work-hardening of the adjoined surface layer was found in the microhardness measurements at the cross-section of the sandblasted samples.

  14. Positron Annihilation and Complementary Studies of Copper Sandblasted with Alumina Particles at Different Pressures.

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    Horodek, Paweł; Siemek, Krzysztof; Dryzek, Jerzy; Wróbel, Mirosław

    2017-11-23

    Positron annihilation spectroscopy and complementary methods were used to detect changes induced by sandblasting of alumina particles at different pressures varying from 1 to 6 bar in pure well-annealed copper. The positron lifetime measurements revealed existence of dislocations and vacancy clusters in the adjoined surface layer. The presence of retained alumina particles in the copper at the depth below 50 µm was found in the SEM pictures and also in the annihilation line shape parameter profiles measured in the etching experiment. The profiles show us that the total depth of damaged zones induced by sandblasting of alumina particles ranges from 140 µm up to ca. 800 µm and it depends on the applied pressure. The work-hardening of the adjoined surface layer was found in the microhardness measurements at the cross-section of the sandblasted samples.

  15. A study of some properties for substituted Li-ferrite using positron annihilation lifetime technique

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    E. Hassan Aly

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS is used to investigate polycrystalline substituted Li-ferrite samples. The dray ceramic technique was used to prepare all investigated samples. The variation of positron annihilation parameters I1%, I2%, τ1, and τ2 has been demonstrated with porosity and the initial permeability against the ionic radii of substituted ions for Li ferrite. The grain size (G.S. increased with increasing the ionic radii of the substituted ions for Li-ferrite. The correlation between I2 and τ2 has opposite behavior with the ionic radii of the substituted ions. Whereas the correlation between I1 and τ1; has nearly the same behavior with the ionic radii of the substituted ions except for V and Gd samples. There is mostly a direct correlation between the electrical resistivity and I2 values except for Sm sample with increasing the ionic radii of substituted ions.

  16. Gravitational Perturbations as a Possible Cause for Instability in the Measurements of Positron Annihilation

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    Vikin B. P.

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available The annihilation of positrons is measured in a wide range of studies in the field of physical chemistry. One of the problems in these studies is the instability of the results of measurements. As shown in our research, instability may result from the change of nonregistering gravitational effects related to alteration of the tidal forces upon the change of moon phases and the seasonal changes of the distance between the Earth and the Sun.

  17. Positron annihilation in low-temperature rare gases. II. Argon and neon

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    Canter, K.F.; Roellig, L.O.

    1975-01-01

    Lifetime measurements of slow-positron and ortho-positronium (o-Ps) annihilation were made in argon and neon gases at room temperature and below. The argon experiments cover the temperature range 115 to 300 0 K and the density range 0.0356 to 0.0726 g/cm 3 (approximately equal to 20 to 40 amagat). The slow-positron spectra in argon exhibit a departure from free-positron annihilation below 200 0 K. The departure becomes more marked as the temperature is lowered. No deviation from free o-Ps pickoff annihilation is observed in argon at low temperatures. The neon measurements cover the temperature range 30 to 300 0 K and the density range 0.032 to 0.89 g/cm 3 (approximately equal to 35 to 980 amagat). No effect of temperature on the slow-positron spectra throughout the temperature and density ranges investigated in neon is observed. The spectra are very exponential with a corresponding decay rate which is temperature as well as time independent and is directly proportional to density over the ranges investigated. The o-Ps data are more eventful in that the o-Ps lifetime at near-liquid densities is approximately 20 nsec, a factor of nearly 4 greater than the value obtained using the pickoff-annihilation coefficient obtained at lower densities. This is evidence for positronium-induced cavities in low-temperature neon. A brief discussion of the argon and neon results is given in the context of the explanations offered for the low-temperature effects observed in helium gas

  18. Evolution of porosity in a Portland cement paste studied through positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy

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    Consolati, G.; Quasso, F.

    2003-01-01

    Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy experiments were carried out in an ordinary Portland cement paste characterized by a water-to-cement ratio w/c=0.8, in order to monitor the porosity of the paste. It was found that ortho-positronium intensity is a suitable quantity to this purpose, being sensitive to the amount of water contained in the pores. The experimental data show good agreement with the porosity calculated according to the Powers' thin filmsodel

  19. Application of positron annihilation techniques to the study of micels and microemulsions

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    Olea C, O.

    1981-01-01

    The molecular auto-association mechanisms in sodium-oleate-alcohol-alkane-water systems were studied, applying positron and positronium annihilation techniques. The effects of the different component structures of these systems and of their concentrations on the swelled micel formation process which eventually produce microemulsions, were also investigated. The influences studied were: a) co-surfactant (alcohol) hydrocarbon chain lengths, b) alkane (oil) hydrocarbon chain lengths, c) surfactant concentrations, and d) surfactant double link alkylic chains. (author)

  20. Gravitational Perturbations as a Possible Cause for Instability in the Measurements of Positron Annihilation

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    Vikin B. P.

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available The annihilation of positrons is measured in a wide range of studies in the field of physical chemistry [1, 2]. One of the problems in these studies is the instability of the results of measurements [3–5]. As shown in our research, instability may result from the change of nonregistering gravitational effects related to alteration of the tidal forces upon the change of moon phases and the seasonal changes of the distance between the Earth and the Sun.

  1. Positron annihilation studies of vacancies in Ag-Zn alloys

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    Chabik, S.

    1982-01-01

    The temperature dependence of annihilation rate, F(T), at the peak of angular correlation curve has been measured for Ag-29.2%at Zn and Ag-50%at Zn alloys. By applying the trapping model the vacancy formation energy for Ag-29.2%at Zn alloy has been found to be equal to 0.94+-0.06 eV. It has been found that the course of the F(T) curve for Ag-50%at Zn depends on the phase composition and thermal history of the investigated sample. For alloys containing not more than 50%at Zn, the concentration dependence of the vacancy formation energy for Ag-Zn alloys is very similar to that for Cu-Zn alloys. (Auth.)

  2. Investigation of cation vacancies in Zinc substituted maghemite by positron annihilation lifetime and Doppler broadening spectroscopy.

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    Asgarian, S M; Kargar, Z; Mozaffari, M

    2017-07-01

    In this work we investigated vacancies in maghemite and Zn substituted maghemite (γ-Fe 2-y Zn 3y/2 O 3 , y=0.0, 0.11, 0.24, 0.36, 0.50 and 0.66) nanoparticles using coincidence Doppler broadening and positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy. Coincidence Doppler broadening spectroscopy (CDBS) measurements showed that the positrons annihilated in cation vacancies that surrounded by oxygen anions. Also, the CDBS showed that in pure maghemite and in the y=0.11 samples the vacancies are in octahedral and tetrahedral sites, respectively. For other samples they are distributed in both octahedral and tetrahedral sites. The positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) measurements confirmed the results of the CDBS measurements and also exhibited that the number of vacancies in y=0.36 sample is less than the other samples. This is attributed to Zn substituted magnetite phase in this sample as well as Zn substituted maghemite phase. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Free-volume characterization of nanostructurized substances by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy

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    Shpotyuk, O.; Ingram, A.; Shpotyuk, Ya.

    2018-02-01

    Methodological possibilities of positron annihilation lifetime (PAL) spectroscopy are examined to parameterize free-volume structural evolution processes in some nanostructurized substances obeying conversion from positronium (Ps) decaying to positron trapping. Unlike conventional x3-term fitting analysis based on admixed positron trapping and Ps decaying, the effect of nanostructurization is considered as occurring due to conversion from preferential Ps decaying in initial host matrix to positron trapping in modified (nanostructurized) host-guest matrix. The developed approach referred to as x3-x2-CDA (coupling decomposition algorithm) allows estimation defect-free bulk and defect-specific positron lifetimes of free-volume elements responsible for nanostructurization. The applicability of this approach is proved for some nanostructurized materials allowing free-volume changes through Ps-to-positron trapping conversion, such as (i) metallic Ag nanoparticles embedded in polymer matrix, (ii) structure-modification processes caused by swift heavy ions irradiation in polystyrene, and (iii) host-guest chemistry problems like water immersion in alumomagnesium spinel ceramics. This approach is considered to be used as test-indicator, separating processes of host-matrix nanostructurization due to embedded nanoparticles from uncorrelated changes in positron-trapping and Ps-decaying channels.

  4. Vacancy profile in reverse osmosis membranes studied by positron annihilation lifetime measurements and molecular dynamics simulations

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    Shimazu, A; Shintani, T; Hirose, M; Goto, H; Suzuki, R; Kobayashi, Y

    2013-01-01

    The positron annihilation technique using a slow positron beam can be used for the study of the vacancy profiles in typical reverse osmosis (RO) membranes. In this study, the vacancy profile in the polyamide membrane that exhibits a high permselectivity between ions and water was studied using the positron annihilation technique and molecular dynamics simulations. Ortho-positronium (o-Ps) lifetimes in the surface region of the membranes were evaluated by using a slow positron beam. The diffusion behavior of Na + and water in the polyamides was simulated by molecular dynamics (MD) methods using the TSUBAME2 supercomputer at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and discussed with the vacancy profile probed by the o-Ps. The results suggested that the large hydration size of Na + compared to the vacancy size in the polyamides contributes to the increased diffusivity selectivity of water/Na + that is related to the NaCl desalination performance of the membrane. Both the hydration size of the ions and the vacancy size appeared to be significant parameters to discuss the diffusivity selectivity of water/ions in typical polyamide membranes.

  5. Hunting for glueballs in electron-positron annihilation.

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    Brodsky, Stanley J; Goldhaber, Alfred Scharff; Lee, Jungil

    2003-09-12

    We calculate the cross section for the exclusive production of J(PC)=0(++) glueballs G0 in association with the J/psi in e(+)e(-) annihilation using the perturbative QCD factorization formalism. The required long-distance matrix element for the glueball is bounded by CUSB data from a search for resonances in radiative Upsilon decay. The cross section for e(+)e(-)-->J/psi+G0 at sqrt[s]=10.6 GeV is similar to exclusive charmonium-pair production e(+)e(-)-->J/psi+h for h=eta(c) and chi(c0), and is larger by a factor of 2 than that for h=eta(c)(2S). As the subprocesses gamma(*)-->(cc)(cc) and gamma(*)-->(cc)(gg) are of the same nominal order in perturbative QCD, it is possible that some portion of the anomalously large signal observed by Belle in e(+)e(-)-->J/psiX may actually be due to the production of charmonium-glueball J/psiG(J) pairs.

  6. Defect evolution during annealing of deformed FeSi alloys studied by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Mostafa, K. M.; Cámara, F. González; Petrov, Roumen; Calvillo, P. Rodríguez; De Grave, E.; Segers, D.; Houbaert, Y.

    2011-04-01

    High silicon steel is widely used in electrical appliances. Alloying iron with silicon improves its magnetic performance. A silicon content up to 6.5 wt. % gives excellent magnetic properties such as high saturation magnetization, near zero magnetostriction and low iron loss in high frequencies. Their workability is greatly reduced by the appearance of ordered structures, namely B2 and D03, as soon as the Si content becomes higher than 3.5 wt. %. This limits the mass production by conventional rolling to this maximum percentage of Si. In this work a series of FeSi (7.5 wt. % Si) samples with different degrees of deformation are investigated with positron annihilation spectroscopy and optical microscopy (OM). The influence of annealing on the concentration of defects of different deformed FeSi alloys has been investigated by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy and Doppler broadening of the annihilation radiation. OM is used to investigate the microstructure of deformed samples before and after annealing. The values of the S parameter present a decrease for all studied FeSi alloys with the increase of the annealing temperature, being attributed to a decrease of the concentration of defects. A sudden increase of the S-parameter value at 600 °C was observed for all samples, which could be related to the change of the ordering of the FeSi alloys at that temperature. At 700 °C, the values of the S parameter decreased drastically and starting from 900 °C, they became constant. The microstructures of the alloys, investigated by OM, show that recrystallization is completed at 900 °C and the samples are mainly free of defects, which is in agreement with the positron annihilation lifetime data.

  7. Electrical properties of MOS structures on nitrogen-doped Czochralski-grown silicon: A positron annihilation study

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    Slugen, V.; Harmatha, L.; Tapajna, M.; Ballo, P.; Pisecny, P.; Sik, J.; Koegel, G.; Krsjak, V.

    2006-01-01

    Measurements of interface trap density, effective generation lifetime (GL) and effective surface generation velocity have been performed using different methods on selected MOS structures prepared on nitrogen-doped Czochralski-grown (NCz) silicon. The application of the positron annihilation technique using a pulsed low energy positron system (PLEPS) focused on the detection of nitrogen-related defects in NCz silicon in the near surface region. In the case of p-type Cz silicon, all the results could be used for the testing of homogeneity. In n-type Cz silicon, positron annihilation was found insensitive to nitrogen doping

  8. High energy resolution and first time-dependent positron annihilation induced Auger electron spectroscopty

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    Mayer, Jakob

    2010-01-01

    It was the aim of this thesis to improve the existing positron annihilation induced Auger spectrometer at the highly intense positron source NEPOMUC (NEutron induced POsitron source MUniCh) in several ways: Firstly, the measurement time for a single spectrum should be reduced from typically 12 h to roughly 1 h or even less. Secondly, the energy resolution, which amounted to ΔE/E∼10%, should be increased by at least one order of magnitude in order to make high resolution positron annihilation induced Auger spectroscopy (PAES)-measurements of Auger transitions possible and thus deliver more information about the nature of the Auger process. In order to achieve these objectives, the PAES spectrometer was equipped with a new electron energy analyzer. For its ideal operation all other components of the Auger analysis chamber had to be adapted. Particularly the sample manipulation and the positron beam guidance had to be renewed. Simulations with SIMION registered ensured the optimal positron lens parameters. After the adjustment of the new analyzer and its components, first measurements illustrated the improved performance of the PAES setup: Firstly, the measurement time for short overview measurements was reduced from 3 h to 420 s. The measurement time for more detailed Auger spectra was shortened from 12 h to 80 min. Secondly, even with the reduced measurement time, the signal to noise ratio was also enhanced by one order of magnitude. Finally, the energy resolution was improved to ΔE/E 2,3 VV-transition with PAES. Thus, within this thesis two objectives were achieved: Firstly, the PAES spectrometer was renewed and improved by at least one order of magnitude with respect to the signal to noise ratio, the measurement time and the energy resolution. Secondly, several measurements have been carried out, demonstrating the high performance of the spectrometer. Amongst them are first dynamic PAES measurements and a high resolution measurement of the CuM 2,3 VV

  9. Gamma-ray spectra of hexane (C6H14) in positron-electron annihilation process

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    Ma, Xiaoguang; Wang, Feng

    2013-08-01

    Theoretical gamma-ray spectra of molecule hexane have been calculated and compared with the experimental results in both gas (Iwata et al., 1997a) and liquid (Kerr et al., 1965) phases. The present study reveals that in gas phase not all valence electrons of hexane contribute the same degree in the electron-positron annihilation of hexane. The electrons which dominate the positron-electron annihilation of molecules are called positrophilic electrons. The positrophilic electrons are predominately found to involve the electrons on the lowest occupied valence orbital (LOVO) of a free molecule in gas phase. When hexane is confined in liquid phase, however, the intermolecular interactions ultimately eliminate the free molecular orientation and selectivity for the positrophilic electrons in the gas phase. As a result, the gamma-ray spectra of hexane become an "averaged" contribution from all valence electrons, which is again in agreement with liquid phase measurement. The roles of valence electrons in annihilation process for gas and liquid phases of hexane have been recognized for the first time in the present study.

  10. Positron annihilation Doppler broadening measurement for bulk amorphous alloy by using high energy positron generated from LCS gamma-ray at NEW SUBARU

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    Hori, F.; Ueno, Y.; Ishii, K.; Ishiyama, T.; Iwase, A.; Miyamoto, S.; Terasawa, T.

    2016-01-01

    A simple positron annihilation measurement apparatus via pair creation has been developed using high energetic gamma beam generated by laser Compton scattering (LCS) of 1 GeV electrons circulated in a storage ring and laser light with the power more than 1 W at the New SUBARU synchrotron radiation facility, University of Hyogo. This MeV ordered energy changeable positron apparatus is useful to study defects in bulk materials. In this study, the average energy of 8MeV positron was selected by the wavelength of laser light and circulated electron energy in photon factory. As a demonstrate of non-destruction positron measurement by this apparatus, positron annihilation Doppler broadening measurement has performed for bulk size of amorphous and crystal structured Zr based alloys. The larger Doppler broadening S parameter for amorphous alloy than that for crystallized one has been successfully measured.

  11. Positron annihilation measurements in high-energy alpha-irradiated n-type gallium arsenide

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    Pan, Sandip; Mandal, Arunava; SenGupta, Asmita [Visva-Bharati, Department of Physics, Santiniketan, West Bengal (India); Roychowdhury, Anirban [UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Kolkata Centre, Kolkata, West Bengal (India)

    2015-07-15

    Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy and Doppler broadening annihilation line-shape measurements have been carried out in 40-MeV alpha-irradiated n-type GaAs. After irradiation, the sample has been subjected to an isochronal annealing over temperature region of 25-800 C with an annealing time of 30 min at each set temperature. After each annealing, the positron measurements are taken at room temperature. Formation of radiation-induced defects and their recovery with annealing temperature are investigated. The lifetime spectra of the irradiated sample have been fitted with two lifetimes. The average positron lifetime τ{sub avg} = 244 ps at room temperature after irradiation indicates the presence of defects, and the value of τ{sub 2} (262 ps) at room temperature suggests that the probable defects are mono-vacancies. Two distinct annealing stages in τ{sub avg} at 400-600 C and at 650-800 C are observed. The variations in line-shape parameter (S) and defect-specific parameter (R) during annealing in the temperature region 25-800 C resemble the behaviour of τ{sub avg} indicating the migration of vacancies, formation of vacancy clusters and the disappearance of defects between 400 and 800 C. (orig.)

  12. Local electron-electron interaction strength in ferromagnetic nickel determined by spin-polarized positron annihilation.

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    Ceeh, Hubert; Weber, Josef Andreas; Weber, Josef Andreass; Böni, Peter; Leitner, Michael; Benea, Diana; Chioncel, Liviu; Ebert, Hubert; Minár, Jan; Vollhardt, Dieter; Hugenschmidt, Christoph

    2016-02-16

    We employ a positron annihilation technique, the spin-polarized two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR), to measure the spin-difference spectra of ferromagnetic nickel. The experimental data are compared with the theoretical results obtained within a combination of the local spin density approximation (LSDA) and the many-body dynamical mean-field theory (DMFT). We find that the self-energy defining the electronic correlations in Ni leads to anisotropic contributions to the momentum distribution. By direct comparison of the theoretical and experimental results we determine the strength of the local electronic interaction U in ferromagnetic Ni as 2.0 ± 0.1 eV.

  13. Positron annihilation in polypropylene studied by lifetime and coincidence Doppler-broadening spectroscopy

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    Djourelov, N.; He, C.; Suzuki, T.; Shantarovich, V. P.; Ito, Y.; Kondo, K.; Ito, Y.

    2003-12-01

    The momentum density distributions (MDDs) of electrons taking part in the annihilation processes in polypropylene (PP) have been measured by coincidence Doppler-broadening spectroscopy. MDDs at the beginning of measurements to those at the saturation level of Ps formation have been compared in order to follow the possible changes in concentration of carbonyl groups (CG). A high initial CG concentration in PP has been observed, while for antioxidant-containing PP no significant presence of CG has been detected, and no changes have been observed during positron irradiation.

  14. Covalency effects on momentum distributions in compounds: Positron annihilation in Fe3O4

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    Chiba, T.

    1976-01-01

    A simple method based on the LCAO--MO scheme is presented for the calculation of the momentum distribution in compounds for positron annihilation or Compton scattering. The method is applied to analyze the covalency structure from the spin-density distribution in Fe 3 O 4 measured by Mijnarends and Singru. The degree of covalency is found to be f/sub sigma/ 2 =10%, f/subs/ 2 =0.3%, and f/sub pi/ 2 =4% for the antibonding orbitals of Fe 2+ and Fe 3+ in octahedral sites

  15. Production of positron annihilation radiation by cosmic-rays near sea level

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    Puzovic, J M

    2002-01-01

    Production of positron annihilation radiation by cosmic-rays in Al, Fe, Sn and Pb is measured by means of a triggered HPGe detector. The equipment is located in Belgrade, at an absolute height of 125 m a.s.l. The production rate per unit mass is found to be proportional to the square of the atomic number of the material divided by its mass number, with the proportionality constant equal to 8.1(3)x10 sup - sup 6 s sup - sup 1 g sup - sup 1.

  16. Permeability of gases in polyacetylenes and free volume obtained by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy

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    Buriova, M.

    2001-12-01

    Positron annihilation lifetime spectra (PALS) of nine substituted polyacetylenes in vacuum and in air were analysed with aim to determine free volume and influence of the atmosphere. Studied glassy polymers in wide variation of permeability showed bimodal distribution of free volume elements. Good correlation between long-live component(s) of PALS spectra of trialkylsilyl-, denyl- and adamantyl-substituted polyacetylenes and permeability of oxygen and nitrogen is suitable for quickly and non-destructive evaluation of free volume of the polymers and for their screening of membranes. (author)

  17. Compensation models in chlorine doped CdTe based on positron annihilation and photoluminescence spectroscopy

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    Stadler, W.; Hofman, D.M.; Meyer, B.K. [Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Garching (Germany); Krause-Rehberg, R.; Polity, A.; Abgarjan, Th. [Martin-Luther Universitaet Halle-Wittenberg, FB Physik, Halle (Germany); Salk, M.; Benz, K.W. [Kristallographisches Institut, Universitaet Freiburg, Freiburg (Germany); Azoulay, M. [Soreq, Nuclear Research Centre, Yavne (Israel)

    1995-12-31

    In this investigation positron annihilation, photoluminescence and electron paramagnetic resonance techniques are employed to gain insight in the compensation of CdTe doped with the halogen Cl. We will demonstrate that the high resistivity of CdTe:Cl cannot be explain by the interaction between the shallow effective mass type donor Cl on Te site and the doping induced shallow acceptor complex, a Cd vacancy paired off with a nearest-neighbour Cl atom (A centre). From electron paramagnetic resonance investigations we conclude that the mid gap trap, often detected by electrical methods in CdTe, is not the isolated Cd vacancy. (author). 9 refs, 2 figs, 1 tab.

  18. Studies of martensitic transformation in Cu-Al alloys by positron annihilation

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    Kojima, T.; Kuribayashi, K.; Doyama, M.

    1977-01-01

    The reverse martensitic transformations in Cu-23.5 at-%Al, and Cu-25.3 at-%Al have been studied by means of positron annihilation. The coincidence counting rates of angular correlation were measured as a function of the specimen temperature. The change of counting rates in heating run was rather different from that in cooling run due to the influence of tempering of martensitic structure. The results were interpreted by the change of the formation energy of a vacancy with phase transition. Influence of heating rate is also discussed. (orig.) [de

  19. Application of the Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy for Chromium Effect Investigation in Binary Fe-Cr Alloys

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    Sojak, S.; Krsjak, V.; Slugen, V.; Stancek, S.; Petriska, M.; Vitazek, K.; Stacho, M. [Department of Nuclear Physics and Technology, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Slovak University of Technology, Ilkovicova 3, 812 19 Bratislava (Slovakia)

    2008-07-01

    Positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) is one of the non-destructive techniques applied with advantage for evaluation of the radiation treated materials microstructure. In this work, the PAS was used for study of different Fe-Cr alloys implanted by ions of helium. Investigation was focused on the chromium effect and the radiation defects resistance. In particular, the vacancy type defects (mono-vacancies, vacancy clusters) have been studied. The results show that the specific content of chromium has important influence on the size and distribution of induced defects. (authors)

  20. Effect of structural relaxation of metallic glasses on positron annihilation parameters

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    Tian Decheng; Xiong Liangyue; Tang Zhongxun; Xu Yinhua

    1987-07-01

    The results of a comparative study of positron lifetime and a Doppler broadening line-shape parameter for two metallic glasses are presented. The change of lifetime τ-bar and the S-parameter for these two metallic glasses are shown to have a common feature, i.e. at the initial stage of structural relaxation, τ-bar presents a peak-form as a function of annealing time or temperature while the S-parameter decreases monotonically. A possible mechanism is proposed for explaining the peak-form of τ-bar which has been observed in many metallic glasses; the initial rise and the following decrease of τ-bar are attributed to the homogenization of defects taking place during the structural relaxation. The monotonic behaviour of the S-parameter seems to indicate that the annihilation of positrons in free state with the high momentum core electrons is negligible. (author). 8 refs, 2 figs

  1. Fe-Cr alloys studied by positron annihilation lifetime technique after helium implantation

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    Slugen, Vladimir; Krsjak, Vladimir; Petriska, Martin; Sojak, Stanislav [Slovak Univ. of Technology, Bratislava (Slovakia). Dept. of Nuclear Physics and Technology; Egger, Werner [Univ. der Bundeswehr Muenchen, Neubiberg (Germany). Inst. fuer Angewandte Physik und Messtechnik

    2009-07-01

    The present work demonstrates that conventional positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy can provide valuable information about the microstructure of helium implanted Fe-Cr alloys. At the same time the connection between results from this technique and the PLEPS lifetime measurements has been studied. Positron lifetime experiments show that chromium plays an important role in the formation of the microstructure under radiation treatment. In particular, higher chromium content in FeCr alloys leads to a higher density of uniformly distributed small defects. Depth profiles of defects, obtained with PLEPS, in the helium implanted region reflect the helium implantation profiles and show the creation of small vacancy clusters and large voids. These defects cannot be observed by any other technique in a non-destructive way. (orig.)

  2. Positron annihilation studies of defects in molecular beam epitaxy grown III-V layers

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    Umlor, M.T.; Keeble, D.J.; Cooke, P.W.

    1994-01-01

    A summary of recent positron annihilation experiments on molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) grown III-V layers is Presented. Variable energy positron beam measurements on Al 0.32 Ga 0.68 As undoped and Si doped have been completed. Positron trapping at a open volume defect in Al 0.32 Ga 0.68 :Si for temperatures from 300 to 25 K in the dark was observed. The positron trap was lost after 1.3 eV illumination at 25K. These results indicate an open volume defect is associated with the local structure of the deep donor state of the DX center. Stability of MBE GaAs to thermal annealing war, investigated over the temperature range of 230 to 700 degrees C, Proximity wafer furnace anneals in flowing argon were used, Samples grown above 450 degrees C were shown to be stable but for sample below this temperature an anneal induced vacancy related defect was produced for anneals between 400 and 500 degrees C. The nature of the defect was shown to be different for material grown at 350 and 230 degrees C. Activation energies of 2.5 eV to 2.3 eV were obtained from isochronal anneal experiments for samples grown at 350 and 230 degrees C, respectively

  3. Multi-photon creation and single-photon annihilation of electron-positron pairs

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    Hu, Huayu

    2011-01-01

    In this thesis we study multi-photon e + e - pair production in a trident process, and singlephoton e + e - pair annihilation in a triple interaction. The pair production is considered in the collision of a relativistic electron with a strong laser beam, and calculated within the theory of laser-dressed quantum electrodynamics. A regularization method is developed systematically for the resonance problem arising in the multi-photon process. Total production rates, positron spectra, and relative contributions of different reaction channels are obtained in various interaction regimes. Our calculation shows good agreement with existing experimental data from SLAC, and adds further insights into the experimental findings. Besides, we study the process in a manifestly nonperturbative domain, whose accessibility to future all-optical experiments based on laser acceleration is shown. In the single-photon e + e - pair annihilation, the recoil momentum is absorbed by a spectator particle. Various kinematic configurations of the three incoming particles are examined. Under certain conditions, the emitted photon exhibits distinct angular and polarization distributions which could facilitate the detection of the process. Considering an equilibrium relativistic e + e - plasma, it is found that the single-photon process becomes the dominant annihilation channel for plasma temperatures above 3 MeV. Multi-particle correlation effects are therefore essential for the e + e - dynamics at very high density. (orig.)

  4. Multi-photon creation and single-photon annihilation of electron-positron pairs

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    Hu, Huayu

    2011-04-27

    In this thesis we study multi-photon e{sup +}e{sup -} pair production in a trident process, and singlephoton e{sup +}e{sup -} pair annihilation in a triple interaction. The pair production is considered in the collision of a relativistic electron with a strong laser beam, and calculated within the theory of laser-dressed quantum electrodynamics. A regularization method is developed systematically for the resonance problem arising in the multi-photon process. Total production rates, positron spectra, and relative contributions of different reaction channels are obtained in various interaction regimes. Our calculation shows good agreement with existing experimental data from SLAC, and adds further insights into the experimental findings. Besides, we study the process in a manifestly nonperturbative domain, whose accessibility to future all-optical experiments based on laser acceleration is shown. In the single-photon e{sup +}e{sup -} pair annihilation, the recoil momentum is absorbed by a spectator particle. Various kinematic configurations of the three incoming particles are examined. Under certain conditions, the emitted photon exhibits distinct angular and polarization distributions which could facilitate the detection of the process. Considering an equilibrium relativistic e{sup +}e{sup -} plasma, it is found that the single-photon process becomes the dominant annihilation channel for plasma temperatures above 3 MeV. Multi-particle correlation effects are therefore essential for the e{sup +}e{sup -} dynamics at very high density. (orig.)

  5. Ageing phenomenon in acrylic polymer dental materials detected by means of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy.

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    Filipecki, Jacek; Chamerski, Kordian; Boyko, Olha; Kotynia, Katarzyna

    2014-01-01

    Polymer materials based on acrylic monomers are commonly used in dentistry. It is important to research the structure of dental filling materials towards the material ageing. The study has been conducted in order to determine the presence of free volume gaps in the structure of polymer materials. Brand new, acrylic polymer based samples of dental Dipol materials were used as a research material. The study was conducted by means of the positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS). As a result of the conducted measurements, curves describing numbers of counts of the acts of annihilation in the time function were obtained. The conducted studies revealed the existence of four components τ1, τ2, τ3 and τ4. The τ3 and τ4 components are attributed to the pick-off annihilation of o-Ps orthopositronium trapping by free volume gaps and provide information about geometrical parameters of the volumes. LT 9 computer program was used to calculate components. Free volume holes were determined from empirical relationship between the radius of free volume and the long lifetime components. Conducted studies indicate the presence of free volume holes in the research materials. It has been noted that a new long lifetime component is assigned to a new kind of free volumes that exist in the structure of material related to the material ageing.

  6. The Effect of Temperature on the Free Volume in Polytetrafluoroethylene Studied by Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy

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    Abdel-Latif, R.M.; Mohamed, H.F.M.; Abdel-Hady, E.E.; Mohamed, S.S.

    2005-01-01

    The positron annihilation techniques have been applied to investigate the free volume holes in pure and doped polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) with glass as a function of temperature. The measurements were performed from room temperature up to 250 degree C. The lifetime spectra were analyzed using two methods; 1) Finite-term analysis to determine the average values of the orthopositronium (o-Ps) lifetime and its intensity using PATFIT program, 2) Continuous lifetime analysis to obtain the o-Ps lifetime and o-Ps hole volume distributions using MELT program. The ortho-positronium (o-Ps) lifetimes, (T3 and T4) are found to be vary depending upon the phase of the polymer. Within the temperature range two transitions can be observed. The first one is related to the glass transition temperature, T g (at 130 degree C for pure PTFE and at 110 degree C for doped PTFE with glass). The second one is the crystalline temperature at 210 degree C for the two samples. It was found that, T g is shifted toward the lower values (110 degree C) for doped PTFE with glass, which could be attributed to the increase in the degree of crystallinity. This is in consistent with the wide-angle x-ray scattering data. A correlation between the positron annihilation parameters and the electrical conductivity was achieved

  7. Gamma Irradiation Effect on Biodegradable Poly (Hydroxybutyrate) Studied by Positron Annihilation Technique

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    Abdel-Hady, E.E.; Mohamed, S.S.

    2010-01-01

    -Bacterial polyesters have attracted much attention as biodegradable polymers. An ecofriendly alternative to this biodegradable material is poly-3-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) which has attracted industrial attention as an environmentally degradable plastic for a wide range of medical applications. Free volume holes in polymers play a crucial role in determining its physical properties. The Positron Annihilation Lifetime (PAL) technique has been established as a powerful probe for microstructures of polymers, in particular, angstrom-sized free volume holes. The PHB samples were irradiated using 60 Co source at room temperature with doss ranging from 5 to 300 kGy. The PAL spectra for all the samples have been measured at room temperature as a function of gamma-irradiation dose. The free volume hole size decreases with increasing the irradiation dose up to 25 kGy followed by slowly increases up to 200 kGy, then decreases at higher doses. On the other hand, the free volume content decreases with increasing the gamma-irradiation dose which is due to the increase of the degree of crystallinity. The variations in the free volume with the irradiation dose will be discussed in the frame of free volume model. A correlation between the macroscopic mechanical properties Hv and positron annihilation parameters has been done

  8. Free volume modifications in chalcone chromophore doped PMMA films by electron irradiation: Positron annihilation study

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    Ismayil; Ravindrachary, V.; Praveena, S. D.; Mahesha, M. G.

    2018-03-01

    The free volume related fluorescence behaviour in electron beam irradiated chalcone chromophore doped Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) composite films have been studied using FTIR, UV-Visible, XRD and Positron Annihilation techniques. From the FTIR spectral study it is found that the formation of polarons and bipolaron takes place due to cross linking as well as chain scission processes at lower and higher doses respectively. It reveals that the formation of various polaronic defect levels upon irradiation is responsible for the creation of three optical energy band gaps within the polymer films as obtained from UV-Visible spectra. The crosslinking process at lower doses increases the distance between the pendant groups to reduce the interchain distance and chain scission process at higher doses decreases interchain separation to enhance the number of polarons in the polymer composites as suggested by XRD studies. The fluorescence studies show the enhancement of fluorescence emission at lower doses and reduction at higher doses under electron irradiation. The positron annihilation study suggests that the low radiation doses induce crosslinking which affect the free volume properties and in turn hinders the chalcone molecular rotation within the polymer composite. At higher doses chain scission process support polymer matrix relaxation and facilitates non-radiative transition of the chromophore upon excitation. This study shows that fluorescence enhancement and mobility of chromophore within the polymer matrix is directly related to the free volume around it.

  9. Characterization of control mesoporous glasses (CPGs) using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS)

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    Sayed Ahmed, Essmat Mahmoud Hassan

    2008-01-30

    This thesis has two main goals. Firstly and for the first time, the positron annihilation lifetime technique (PALS) is used to characterize the control porous glasses (CPGs) media. All the positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) investigations have been interested in the commercial Vycor glass media of pores size {<=} 4 nm. Therefore, the PALS is used to establish basic correlations between the important physical properties of the CPG (pore size, surface area, and porosity) and the orthopositronium (o-Ps) lifetime. The second goal is to use these correlations to verify the validity of some suggested models and theories to discover possible deviations from the expected behaviour and to discuss the physical point of view for these deviations. Chapter 1 presents an overview of positron, positronium and their interaction with solid materials. Chapter 2 of this thesis is concerned with characterization of porous glass materials. This chapter discusses in detail the preparation methods of porous glasses specially control porous glass and Vycor glass. The gas adsorption phenomenon in porous glass and the related definitions are discussed. The most important terms of the porous glass such as pore size, shape, volume, pore size distribution, surface area, and porosity are discussed. Chapter 3 presents in detail the well known models and the derived equations which correlate between the lifetime of the o-Ps long-lived component and the pore size, pore shape and the temperature dependence of the porous media. Chapter 4 presents an overview of the main experimental techniques used in this thesis, namely positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy. Chapter 5 explains the sample preparation for the measurements. The chapter represents also the experimental data for the correlation between the o-Ps lifetime and pore sizes for a system of CPG media (from 1 nm to 64 nm). I also studied the temperature dependence of the o-Ps long-lived component in different pore sizes. In this

  10. Characterization of control mesoporous glasses (CPGs) using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS)

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    Sayed Ahmed, Essmat Mahmoud Hassan

    2008-01-01

    This thesis has two main goals. Firstly and for the first time, the positron annihilation lifetime technique (PALS) is used to characterize the control porous glasses (CPGs) media. All the positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) investigations have been interested in the commercial Vycor glass media of pores size ≤ 4 nm. Therefore, the PALS is used to establish basic correlations between the important physical properties of the CPG (pore size, surface area, and porosity) and the orthopositronium (o-Ps) lifetime. The second goal is to use these correlations to verify the validity of some suggested models and theories to discover possible deviations from the expected behaviour and to discuss the physical point of view for these deviations. Chapter 1 presents an overview of positron, positronium and their interaction with solid materials. Chapter 2 of this thesis is concerned with characterization of porous glass materials. This chapter discusses in detail the preparation methods of porous glasses specially control porous glass and Vycor glass. The gas adsorption phenomenon in porous glass and the related definitions are discussed. The most important terms of the porous glass such as pore size, shape, volume, pore size distribution, surface area, and porosity are discussed. Chapter 3 presents in detail the well known models and the derived equations which correlate between the lifetime of the o-Ps long-lived component and the pore size, pore shape and the temperature dependence of the porous media. Chapter 4 presents an overview of the main experimental techniques used in this thesis, namely positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy. Chapter 5 explains the sample preparation for the measurements. The chapter represents also the experimental data for the correlation between the o-Ps lifetime and pore sizes for a system of CPG media (from 1 nm to 64 nm). I also studied the temperature dependence of the o-Ps long-lived component in different pore sizes. In this

  11. Annihilation probability density and other applications of the Schwinger multichannel method to the positron and electron scattering

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    Varella, Marcio Teixeira do Nascimento

    2001-12-01

    We have calculated annihilation probability densities (APD) for positron collisions against He atom and H 2 molecule. It was found that direct annihilation prevails at low energies, while annihilation following virtual positronium (Ps) formation is the dominant mechanism at higher energies. In room-temperature collisions (10 -2 eV) the APD spread over a considerable extension, being quite similar to the electronic densities of the targets. The capture of the positron in an electronic Feshbach resonance strongly enhanced the annihilation rate in e + -H 2 collisions. We also discuss strategies to improve the calculation of the annihilation parameter (Z eff ), after debugging the computational codes of the Schwinger Multichannel Method (SMC). Finally, we consider the inclusion of the Ps formation channel in the SMC and show that effective configurations (pseudo eigenstates of the Hamiltonian of the collision ) are able to significantly reduce the computational effort in positron scattering calculations. Cross sections for electron scattering by polyatomic molecules were obtained in three different approximations: static-exchange (SE); tatic-exchange-plus-polarization (SEP); and multichannel coupling. The calculations for polar targets were improved through the rotational resolution of scattering amplitudes in which the SMC was combined with the first Born approximation (FBA). In general, elastic cross sections (SE and SEP approximations) showed good agreement with available experimental data for several targets. Multichannel calculations for e - -H 2 O scattering, on the other hand, presented spurious structures at the electronic excitation thresholds (author)

  12. Positron annihilation method for α self radiation effect studies in doped actinide UO2 samples

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    Roudil, D.; Vella, F.; Bonnal, M.; Broudic, V.; Barthe, M.F.; Gentils, A.; Moineau, V.; Jolly, L.

    2008-01-01

    Towards disposal problematic, fine understanding of the α aging of UO 2 and (U, Pu)O 2 remains a fundamental challenge for the prediction of the potential increase of the radionuclide source terms with presence of water. The intrinsic evolution of the matrix is closely related to the behavior of radiogenic helium produced by actinide decay. Interactions between helium atoms and vacancy defects are involved in these mechanisms. Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy is also an appropriated method owing to its sensitivity to the vacancy type defects in solid materials. It is a non destructive technique with a remote acquiring data possibility. Because positron implanted in the material is sensitive to the electronic density, the positron lifetime method allows the characterization of the vacancy defects, namely size and concentration. Such equipment has been implemented in the L30 laboratory of the DHA facility in Atalante and will be applied on doped actinides samples, simulating α aging. This article presents, the analytical protocols and validation results on depleted UO 2 samples and highlights the perspectives on (U, Pu)O 2 for the investigation of different stages of self irradiation matrices and helium behavior. (authors)

  13. Linear and non-linear approaches to solve the inverse problem: applications to positron annihilation experiments

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    Hoffmann, L.; Shukla, A.; Peter, M.; Barbiellini, B.; Manuel, A.A.

    1993-01-01

    We present linear and non-linear filters to solve the ill-posed inverse problem and we use them to extract relevant information from positron lifetime and 2D-angular correlation of the annihilation radiation of positrons in solids. A general optimal linear filter is first derived. Then a second linear approach, based on Bayes' theorem, is described. We show that these two linear approaches are indeed equivalent. Two non-linear methods are then discussed. The first is a Bayesian approach which makes use of the maximum entropy principle. The second is an iterative method derived from the general optimal linear filter. Applications of these filtering techniques to positron lifetime decay curves illustrate how lifetimes shorter than the instrumental resolution can be extracted. Finally, we apply the iterative non-linear filter to the problem of the ridge-like Fermi surface on the high temperature superconducting compound YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ . For the first time a direct measurement of the ridge width through a Brillouin zone is obtained. It is compared with results of band structure calculations. (orig.)

  14. Investigation of electronic lattice structure by positron annihilation in some insulators

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    Coussot, Gerard

    1970-01-01

    The angular distribution of gamma quanta resulting from positron annihilation in single insulator crystals was measured with long slit geometry apparatus for intense positron sources ( 64 Cu ≅ 1 Ci). Two new phenomena were observed in the angular correlation curves. In the f. c. c. MgO, UO 2 , CaF 2 crystals, modulations appeared at angles corresponding to the limit of the first Brillouin zone in relation to the crystallographic direction studied. In SiO 2 , F 2 Mg, F 2 Mn crystals, a narrow peak at 0 mrad and a fine structure superimposed on the broad distribution, were resolved. The fine structure which is correlated with the narrow component is characterized by modulations appearing at angles corresponding to the projection of reciprocal lattice vectors along the crystallographic direction investigated. The narrow peak at p ≅ 0 suggests the formation of a bound state (positron-electron). If this bound state is described by a Bloch wave, the modulations observed correspond to the Fourier components which contribute to every reciprocal lattice vector p = G ('Umklapp' process). This model predicts that the 'Umklapp' process in polycrystals must produce a change in slope which can be experimentally observed. A systematic research of optimal observation conditions shows that the intensity of the narrow component is closely correlated with the purity and the perfection of the crystal where p-Ps is presumably formed as suggested by magnetic experiments. (author) [fr

  15. Ion implantation induced defects in Fe-Cr alloys studied by conventional positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy

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    Krsjak, V [Joint Research Centre, Institute for Energy, European Commission, PO Box 2, 1755 ZG Petten (Netherlands); Sojak, S; Slugen, V; Petriska, M, E-mail: vladimir.krsjak@ec.europa.eu [Department of Nuclear Physics and Technology, FEI, Slovak University of Technology, Ilkovicova 3, 812 19 Bratislava (Slovakia)

    2011-01-10

    The influence of chromium on the radiation damage resistance of the iron based alloys has been studied using conventional positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS). Experimental data evaluation has been supported by the former theoretical calculation of positron lifetimes in the studied materials and well-defined types of defects. For this purpose, density functional theory (DFT) computation method has been applied. The spectrum of used {sup 22}Na positron source was decomposed into discrete fractions to better calculate efficiency of near surface layers study. For the experimental simulation of a-radiation and obtaining of defined cascade collisions in the materials, helium implantation was used. Different level of the implanted dose (6.24x10{sup 17} - 3.12x10{sup 18} cm{sup -2}) corresponds to local damage up to 90 DPA acquired in thin <1 {mu}m region. Experimental measurement has been performed using the PALS technique on the four different Fe-Cr binary alloys (2.36; 4.62; 8.39; 11.62 wt% of Cr). The results showed that chromium has a significant effect on the size and density of the implanted defects and specific Cr content should prevent the vacancy clusters formation.

  16. Analysis of antiphase domain growth in ternary FeCo alloys after different cooling rates and annealing treatments using neutron diffraction and positron annihilation

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    Gilles, Ralph; Hofmann, Michael; Johnson, Francis; Gao Yan; Mukherji, Debashis; Hugenschmidt, Christoph; Pikart, Philip

    2011-01-01

    Research highlights: → In-situ observation at high temperatures of atomic position change Fe and Co with neutron diffraction. → Determination of antiphase domain growth with neutron diffraction. → Determination of vacacny defects at antiphase domain boundaries with positron annihilation. → Combination of neutron diffraction and positron annihilation to correlate ordering/disordering process and the defect density of ternary FeCo alloys. - Abstract: FeCo alloys are industrially important engineering materials which play an outstanding role in applications requiring soft magnetic materials. The challenge is to include ternary elements to improve the mechanical properties. Here noble elements as Pt or Pd were used for these experiments. With neutron diffraction and positron annihilation technique Fe 67 Co 30 Pt 3 and Fe 67 Co 30 Pd 3 (at. pct.) samples were measured to study the influence of different cooling rates on ordering and disordering. The ordering and disordering process is responsible for the mechanical properties in dependence of temperature. The correlation of ordering and defect density is described.

  17. Electronic structure and vacancy formation in photochromic yttrium oxy-hydride thin films studied by positron annihilation

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    Plokker, M.P.; Eijt, S.W.H.; Naziris, F.; Schut, H.; Nafezarefi, F.; Schreuders, H.; Cornelius, S.; Dam, B.

    2018-01-01

    In order to investigate the mechanism of the photochromic effect in yttrium oxy-hydride (YOxHy) thin films, Doppler broadening positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) was applied to probe the electronic structure and the presence of vacancies in YOxHy

  18. 3D-AP and positron annihilation study of precipitation behavior in Cu-Cr-Zr alloy

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    Hatakeyama, M.; Toyama, T.; Yang, J.

    2009-01-01

    Precipitation behavior in a Cu-0.78%Cr-0.13%Zr alloy during aging and reaging has been studied by laser-assisted local electrode three-dimensional atom probe (Laser-LEAP) and positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS). After the prime aging at 460 degrees C, Cr clusters enriched with Zr were observed...

  19. Photon-induced positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy using ultrashort laser-Compton-scattered gamma-ray pulses.

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    Taira, Y; Toyokawa, H; Kuroda, R; Yamamoto, N; Adachi, M; Tanaka, S; Katoh, M

    2013-05-01

    High-energy ultrashort gamma-ray pulses can be generated via laser Compton scattering with 90° collisions at the UVSOR-II electron storage ring. As an applied study of ultrashort gamma-ray pulses, a new photon-induced positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy approach has been developed. Ultrashort gamma-ray pulses with a maximum energy of 6.6 MeV and pulse width of 2.2 ps created positrons throughout bulk lead via pair production. Annihilation gamma rays were detected by a BaF2 scintillator mounted on a photomultiplier tube. A positron lifetime spectrum was obtained by measuring the time difference between the RF frequency of the electron storage ring and the detection time of the annihilation gamma rays. We calculated the response of the BaF2 scintillator and the time jitter caused by the variation in the total path length of the ultrashort gamma-ray pulses, annihilation gamma rays, and scintillation light using a Monte Carlo simulation code. The positron lifetime for bulk lead was successfully measured.

  20. Studies of the subsurface zone created in aluminium and its alloys by means of positron annihilation and complementary methods

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    Dryzek, E.

    2008-01-01

    There are presented the results of the studies of the subsurface zone created in aluminium and its alloys during sliding or other surface modification treatments. The application of the positron annihilation techniques due to their high sensitivity to crystal lattice defects enabled to determine defects profiles in the subsurface zone. The positron annihilation studies were correlated with other conventional measurements applied in tribology, i.e. microhardness measurements, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and in a special case stress distribution calculated theoretically. It was shown that the positron annihilation spectroscopy is a useful tool for profiling of the subsurface zone created during sliding even for light metals their alloys and composites. The total range of the subsurface zone detected by the positron annihilation extends from 50 μm to 450 μm depending on the material studied and surface modification treatment. Additionally, the type of the main defects can be determined. The studies of the pure aluminium samples after dry sliding enabled to find the defect concentration of vacancy type in the depth less then 1 μm and to correlate its value with the size of crystallites. It supports the conclusion on recovery processes taking place in this layer. There was made the attempt to apply the Doppler broadening coincidence spectroscopy to the studies of aluminium alloy and composite. In view of the interdisciplinary character the present thesis enclose also the review of the basic issues of tribology, measurement methods applied to the subsurface zone studies and positron annihilation experimental techniques. (author)

  1. Positron annihilation studies of the AlOx/SiO2/Si interface in solar cell structures

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    Edwardson, C. J.; Coleman, P. G.; Li, T.-T. A.; Cuevas, A.; Ruffell, S.

    2012-03-01

    Film and film/substrate interface characteristics of 30 and 60 nm-thick AlOx films grown on Si substrates by thermal atomic layer deposition (ALD), and 30 nm-thick AlOx films by sputtering, have been probed using variable-energy positron annihilation spectroscopy (VEPAS) and Doppler-broadened spectra ratio curves. All samples were found to have an interface which traps positrons, with annealing increasing this trapping response, regardless of growth method. Thermal ALD creates an AlOx/SiOx/Si interface with positron trapping and annihilation occurring in the Si side of the SiOx/Si boundary. An induced positive charge in the Si next to the interface reduces diffusion into the oxides and increases annihilation in the Si. In this region there is a divacancy-type response (20 ± 2%) before annealing which is increased to 47 ± 2% after annealing. Sputtering seems to not produce samples with this same electrostatic shielding; instead, positron trapping occurs directly in the SiOx interface in the as-deposited sample, and the positron response to it increases after annealing as an SiO2 layer is formed. Annealing the film has the effect of lowering the film oxygen response in all film types. Compared to other structural characterization techniques, VEPAS shows larger sensitivity to differences in film preparation method and between as-deposited and annealed samples.

  2. Investigation of the Degree of Disorder of the Structure of Polymer Soft Contact Lenses Using Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy PALS.

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    Filipecki, Jacek; Kotynia, Katarzyna; Filipecka, Katarzyna

    2016-01-01

    Hydrogel and silicone-hydrogel polymeric materials are widely used in ophthalmology for the manufacture of contact lenses. An important aspect is the investigation of the structure of these materials. This study has been conducted in order to compare the degree of disorder and presence of free volumes in the internal structure of the polymeric soft contact lenses Omafilcon A (hydrogel) and Comfilcon A (silicone-hydrogel). Differences in the occurrence of trapping centers for positrons and free volumes between the types of investigated contact lenses have been demonstrated. Two types of polymeric contact lenses were used as materials: Omafilcon A (hydrogel) and Comfilcon A (silicone-hydrogel). The study was performed using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS). When the results of the measurements has been obtained, a graphical curve has created to describe the relationship of the number of annihilation acts in time. Significant changes were observed between the contact lenses investigated in positron trapping in macropores (based on a two-state model) and the presence of free volumes (based on the Tao-Eldrup model). The use of the positron annihilation two-state model made it possible to demonstrate that a higher positron trapping rate in macropores occurs in the silicone-hydrogel contact lens. Additionally, calculations using the Tao-Eldrup model show the existence of free volumes in both types of materials. The size and fraction of free volumes is much larger in the silicone-hydrogel contact lens.

  3. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy of mechanically milled protein fibre powders and their free volume aspects

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    Patil, K.; Sellaiyan, S.; Rajkhowa, R.; Tsuzuki, T.; Lin, T.; Smith, S. V.; Wang, X.; Uedono, A.

    2013-06-01

    The present study reports the fabrication of ultra-fine powders from animal protein fibres such as cashmere guard hair, merino wool and eri silk along with their free volume aspects. The respectively mechanically cleaned, scoured and degummed cashmere guard hair, wool and silk fibres were converted into dry powders by a process sequence: Chopping, Attritor Milling, and Spray Drying. The fabricated protein fibre powders were characterised by scanning electron microscope, particle size distribution and positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS). The PALS results indicated that the average free volume size in protein fibres increased on their wet mechanical milling with a decrease in the corresponding intensities leading to a resultant decrease in their fractional free volumes.

  4. Spatially resolved positron annihilation spectroscopy on friction stir weld induced defects.

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    Hain, Karin; Hugenschmidt, Christoph; Pikart, Philip; Böni, Peter

    2010-04-01

    A friction stir welded (FSW) Al alloy sample was investigated by Doppler broadening spectroscopy (DBS) of the positron annihilation line. The spatially resolved defect distribution showed that the material in the joint zone becomes completely annealed during the welding process at the shoulder of the FSW tool, whereas at the tip, annealing is prevailed by the deterioration of the material due to the tool movement. This might be responsible for the increased probability of cracking in the heat affected zone of friction stir welds. Examination of a material pairing of steel S235 and the Al alloy Silafont36 by coincident Doppler broadening spectroscopy (CDBS) indicates the formation of annealed steel clusters in the Al alloy component of the sample. The clear visibility of Fe in the CDB spectra is explained by the very efficient trapping at the interface between steel cluster and bulk.

  5. Chemical environment in halogenated styrene polymers studied by using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy

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    Zhang, R.; Wu, Y.C.; Chen, H.; Zhang, J.; Li, Y.; Sandreczki, T.C.; Jean, Y.C.

    2003-01-01

    Polystyrene samples, incorporated with halogen elements (F, Cl, Br, I) on the para-position of the benzene ring, were studied using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy. It was found that the free-volume hole size is significantly affected by the internal Coulombic interaction of the halogen group, and is mainly related to the electronegativity of halogen-carbon bonds. In addition, it is found that the free-volume is secondarily modified by the steric effect of the side groups. The intensity of o-Ps has a linear relationship with the strength of the C-X bond and is strongly affected by the chemical environment in a halogenated styrene polymer system

  6. Determination of the vacancy formation enthalpy in chromium by positron annihilation

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    Loper, G.D.; Smedskjaer, L.C.; Chason, M.K.; Siegel, R.W.

    1985-01-01

    Doppler broadening of the positron annihilation lineshape in 99.99 at. % pure chromium was measured over the temperature range 296 to 2049 0 K. The chromium sample was encapsulated in sapphire owing to its high vapor pressure near melting. Saturation-like behavior of the lineshape was observed near the melting temperature (2130 0 K). A two-state trapping model fit to the data yielded a vacancy formation enthalpy of 2.0 +- 0.2 eV. This result is discussed in relation to extant empirical relations for vacancy migration and self-diffusion in metals and to data from previous self-diffusion and annealing experiments in chromium. It is concluded that the observed vacancy ensemble is unlikely to be responsible for the measured self-diffusion behavior. The implications of the present results in terms of our understanding of mechanisms for self-diffusion in chromium and other refractory bcc metals are discussed

  7. Evidence for confinement induced phase separation in ethanol-water mixture: a positron annihilation study.

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    Muthulakshmi, T; Dutta, D; Maheshwari, Priya; Pujari, P K

    2018-01-17

    We report an experimental evidence for the phase separation of ethanol-water mixture confined in mesoporous silica with different pore size using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS). A bulk-like liquid in the core of the pore and a distinct interfacial region near the pore surface have been identified based on ortho-positronium lifetime components. The lifetime corresponding to the core liquid shows similar behavior to the bulk liquid mixture while the interfacial lifetime shows an abrupt rise within a particular range of ethanol concentration depending on the pore size. This abrupt increase is attributed to the appearance of excess free-volume near the interfacial region. The excess free-volume is originated due to microphase separation of confined ethanol-water primarily at the vicinity of the pore wall. We envisage that probing free-volume changes at the interface using PALS is a sensitive way to investigate microphase separation under nanoconfinement.

  8. The precipitation process in Mg-Ca-(Zn) alloys investigated by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Ortega, Yanicet [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganes (Spain); Departamento de Fisica de Materiales, Facultad de Ciencias Fisicas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 28040 Madrid (Spain)], E-mail: yanicet@fis.ucm.es; Monge, Miguel Angel; Pareja, Ramiro [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganes (Spain)

    2008-09-08

    Coincidence doppler broadening (CDB) spectroscopy has been applied to study the precipitation process induced by aging in Mg-1.0 wt.% Ca and Mg-1.0 wt.% Ca-1.0 wt.% Zn alloys. In addition positron lifetime experiments and microhardness measurements have been performed. A peak centered at {approx}11.5 x 10{sup -3}m{sub 0}c is found in the CDB ratio spectra of the alloys aged at 473 K. It is attributed to annihilations with the core electrons of Ca. The results indicate the formation of a particle dispersion that hardens the alloys. This dispersion is correlated with the appearance of the peak attributed to Ca atoms. Zn atoms in the Mg matrix inhibit the formation of quenched-in vacancies bound to Ca atoms in the aged ternary alloy producing the dispersion refinement.

  9. The precipitation process in Mg-Ca-(Zn) alloys investigated by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Ortega, Yanicet; Monge, Miguel Angel; Pareja, Ramiro

    2008-01-01

    Coincidence doppler broadening (CDB) spectroscopy has been applied to study the precipitation process induced by aging in Mg-1.0 wt.% Ca and Mg-1.0 wt.% Ca-1.0 wt.% Zn alloys. In addition positron lifetime experiments and microhardness measurements have been performed. A peak centered at ∼11.5 x 10 -3 m 0 c is found in the CDB ratio spectra of the alloys aged at 473 K. It is attributed to annihilations with the core electrons of Ca. The results indicate the formation of a particle dispersion that hardens the alloys. This dispersion is correlated with the appearance of the peak attributed to Ca atoms. Zn atoms in the Mg matrix inhibit the formation of quenched-in vacancies bound to Ca atoms in the aged ternary alloy producing the dispersion refinement

  10. Positron annihilation studies of 4-n-butyl-4'-isothiocyanato-1,1'-biphenyl.

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    Dryzek, E; Juszyńska, E; Zaleski, R; Jasińska, B; Gorgol, M; Massalska-Arodź, M

    2013-08-01

    Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) measurements were performed between 93 and 293 K in order to study the supercooled smectic-E (Sm-E) phase of 4-n-butyl-4'-isothiocyanato-1,1'-biphenyl (4TCB), the ordered molecular crystal of 4TCB, and the phase transition between the Sm-E phase and the ordered molecular crystal of 4TCB. The phase transition was well reflected in the abrupt increase of the ortho-positronium (o-Ps) lifetime and intensity. The value of the o-Ps lifetime in the Sm-E liquid crystalline phase of 4TCB, i.e., 2.21 ns at room temperature, was explained by the formation of bubbles induced by Ps atoms, which are created due to a liquidlike state of the butyl chains of 4TCB molecules in the Sm-E phase. The temperature dependence of the o-Ps intensity for the supercooled Sm-E phase can be explained by thermal generation of sites where bubbles are formed; an activation energy equal to 0.30±0.02 eV was estimated. This value was compared with the activation energies of molecular motions. The o-Ps lifetime in the ordered molecular crystal was interpreted as originating from the annihilation of o-Ps confined in molecular vacancy-type imperfections in the crystal lattice. The value of the o-Ps pickoff annihilation between 1.8 and 1.9 ns is in accordance with the size of the molecular vacancy for the 4TCB crystal lattice. Its intensity is lower than 5%. The isothermal crystallization of the 4TCB Sm-E phase was observed by PALS. The low-dimensional crystal growth was concluded from the Avrami equation fitted to the time dependence of the o-Ps intensity, which resulted in an Avrami exponent equal to 1.73.

  11. Synthesis and characterization of highly conductive charge-transfer complexes using positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Adam, Abdel Majid A.; Refat, Moamen S.; Sharshar, T.; Heiba, Z. K.

    Molecular charge-transfer complexes of the tetramethylethylenediamine (TMEDA) with picric acid (Pi-OH), benzene-1,4-diol (QL), tin(IV) tetrachloride (SnCl4), iodine, bromine, and zinc chloride (ZnCl2) have been synthesized and investigated by elemental and thermal analysis, electronic, infrared, Raman and proton-NMR, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray powder diffraction and positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. In this work, three types of acceptors π-acceptors (Pi-OH and QL), σ-acceptors (iodine and bromine), and vacant orbital acceptors (SnCl4 and ZnCl2) were covered. The results of elemental analysis indicated that the CT complexes were formed with ratios 1:1 and 1:2 for QL, SnCl4, and ZnCl2 acceptors and iodine, Pi-OH, and Br2 acceptors, respectively. The type of chelating between the TMEDA donor and the mentioned acceptors depends upon the behavior of both items. The positron annihilation lifetime parameters were found to be dependent on the structure, electronic configuration, and the power of acceptors. The correlation between these parameters and the molecular weight and biological activities of studied complexes was also observed. Regarding the electrical properties, the AC conductivity and the dielectric coefficients were measured as a function of frequency at room temperature. The TMEDA charge-transfer complexes were screened against antibacterial (Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa) and antifungal (Aspergillus flavus and Candida albicans) activities.

  12. PREFACE: The 16th International Conference on Positron Annihilation (ICPA-16)

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    Alam, Ashraf; Coleman, Paul; Dugdale, Stephen; Roussenova, Mina

    2013-06-01

    The 16th International Conference on Positron Annihilation (ICPA-16) was held at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom during 19-24 August, 2012. This triennial conference is the foremost gathering of the Positron Annihilation Physics community and it was hosted in the UK for the first time since the series of meetings first started back in 1965. The University of Bristol, the Alma Mater of Paul Dirac, is situated at the heart of the city, and it has established a worldwide reputation in research and teaching. Many of the topics which were discussed during ICPA-16 form an integral part of the research themes in the schools of Physics, Chemistry and Engineering of this University. ICPA-16 attracted a diverse audience, both from academic and industrial institutions, with over 200 participants from 29 countries. It continued the long held tradition of showcasing novel research in the field of positron annihilation and a total of 170 papers were presented as talks and posters. The papers reported studies of metallic and semi-conducting solids, polymers and soft matter, porous materials, surfaces and interfaces, as well as advances in experimental, analytical and biomedical applications. The high quality of the presented work, coupled with the enthusiastic exchange of ideas, provided an invaluable forum, especially for younger researchers and postgraduate students. The excellence of student presentations was acknowledged by the award of prizes for the best student posters, which were received by David Billington (University of Bristol, UK), Moussa Sidibe (CEMHTI, France) and Hongxia Xu (Tohoku University, Japan). All papers published in the Conference Proceedings were reviewed by ICPA-16 participants. We are indebted to all reviewers who contributed their time and intellectual resources, allowing the refereeing and editing process to move smoothly toward the compilation of the Proceedings. Our sincere thanks and gratitude go to everyone who contributed to the

  13. Positron lifetime measurements and positron-annihilation induced auger electron spectroscpy using slow positron beams; Teisoku yodenshi bimu wo mochiita yodenshi jumyo sokutei oyobi yodenshi shometsu reiki oje denshi bunko

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    Suzuki, R. [Electrotechnical Lab., Tsukuba (Japan)

    1996-02-20

    Slow positron beam with less than several eV can be controlled freely such as accelerating, throttling the beam size, shortening the pulse or making pulse with short time width and so forth. These low positron beams are applied to various measurements like Doppler broadening measurement of annihilation {gamma} rays or lifetime measurement of positron, and secondary particle measurements using positron microscope, positron electron ray diffraction, flight time method and so forth. In particular, these recent years, high intensity slow positron beams were possible using accelerators like electron linac and its application is increasing. In this report, pulse shortening method for high intensity slow positron beam, and incidence energy variable positron lifetime measurement method using this slow pulsed beam and flight time type positron-annihilation-induced auger electron spectroscopy are outlined. In future, these measurements can be possible to carry out with high resolution and also with high counting rate if higher intensity monochromatic excellent positron beam than present one is produced. 31 refs., 5 figs.

  14. Dark Atoms and the Positron-Annihilation-Line Excess in the Galactic Bulge

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available It was recently proposed that stable particles of charge −2, O--, can exist and constitute dark matter after they bind with primordial helium in O-helium (OHe atoms. We study here in detail the possibility that this model provides an explanation for the excess of gamma radiation in the positron-annihilation line from the galactic bulge observed by INTEGRAL. This explanation assumes that OHe, excited to a 2s state through collisions in the central part of the Galaxy, deexcites to its ground state via an E0 transition, emitting an electron-positron pair. The cross-section for OHe collisions with excitation to 2s level is calculated and it is shown that the rate of such excitations in the galactic bulge strongly depends not only on the mass of O-helium, which is determined by the mass of O--, but also on the density and velocity distribution of dark matter. Given the astrophysical uncertainties on these distributions, this mechanism constrains the O-- mass to lie in two possible regions. One of these is reachable in the experimental searches for stable multicharged particles at the LHC.

  15. Localization in fluids: A comparison of competing theories and their application to positron annihilation

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    Miller, B.N.; Fan, Y.

    1990-01-01

    This paper addresses two central issues in our understanding of self-trapping, or localization, of a light particle (e.g., electron, positron, or positronium atom) in a fluid. The first concerns the relationship between the mean-field calculations of localized states carried out from the mid-1950s until the present, and the direct calculation of light-particle (LP) properties from the adiabatic model. The second concerns the universality of the ring polymer representation of the LP, which has proved to be extremely useful for computing the properties of localized electrons. We first demonstrate that the mean-field theories of localization, which are derived from density functionals, can be obtained from the adiabatic model by employing a Gutzwiller type of approximation. We then study the application of the adiabatic model, via the polymer representation, to the annihilation of positrons and positronium atoms in a fluid. Expressions for the decay rate and its variance are derived in terms of the two- and three-point distribution functions for the polymer sites and positions of the atomic nuclei. The momentum distribution of the localized LP is shown to be proportional to the Fourier transform of the distribution function for the displacement between the ends of a broken polymer

  16. Effect of Hydrogen on Vacancy Formation in Sputtered Cu Films Studied by Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy

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    Yabuuchi, Atsushi; Kihara, Teruo; Kubo, Daichi; Mizuno, Masataka; Araki, Hideki; Onishi, Takashi; Shirai, Yasuharu

    2013-04-01

    As a part of the LSI interconnect fabrication process, a post-deposition high-pressure annealing process is proposed for embedding copper into trench structures. The embedding property of sputtered Cu films has been recognized to be improved by adding hydrogen to the sputtering argon gas. In this study, to elucidate the effect of hydrogen on vacancy formation in sputtered Cu films, normal argon-sputtered and argon-hydrogen-sputtered Cu films were evaluated by positron annihilation spectroscopy. As a result, monovacancies with a concentration of more than 10-4 were observed in the argon-hydrogen-sputtered Cu films, whereas only one positron lifetime component corresponding to the grain boundary was detected in the normal argon-sputtered Cu films. This result means monovacancies are stabilized by adding hydrogen to sputtering gas. In the annealing process, the stabilized monovacancies began clustering at around 300 °C, which indicates the dissociation of monovacancy-hydrogen bonds. The introduced monovacancies may promote creep deformation during high-pressure annealing.

  17. Anomalous electron--muon and electron--hadron production in electron--positron annihilation

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    Kwan, B.P.

    1978-04-01

    Results of studies of anomalous electron-muon and electron-hadron events produced in electron-positron annihilation are presented. The data for this work were obtained with a lead-glass counter system, which was added to one octant of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center-Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory magnetic detector at the electron-positron storage ring SPEAR. The lead-glass counter system provides good electron identification for part of the magnetic detector. The events under study have two detected charged particles and any number of detected photons. One detected charged particle is identified as an electron in the lead-glass counter system. The other detected charged particle is identified as a muon or hadron in the magnetic detector. Anomalous events are events which are not subject to conventional explanations; examples of conventional explanations are misidentification of particles or the decay of ordinary or strange hadrons. These data confirm previous observations of anomalous lepton production at SPEAR and DESY. The data corrected for charm background are consistent with heavy lepton production and decay. The branching ratio for the heavy lepton to decay into an electron and two neutrinos was measured to be 0.21 +- 0.05. The branching ratio for the heavy lepton to decay into one charged hadron, one neutrino and any number of photons was measured to be 0.28 +- 0.13. They are consistent with the theoretical values within the errors

  18. Comparison of T91 and P91 steels foreseen for high temperature reactor using positron annihilation techniques

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    Veternikova, J.; Slugen, V.; Degmova, J.; Hinca, R.; Sojak, S. [Department of Nuclear Physics and Technology, FEI, Slovak University of Technology, Ilkovicova 3, 81219 Bratislava (Slovakia); Kilpelaeinen, S.; Tuomisto, F. [Department of Applied Physics, Aalto University, P.O.Box 1100, FI-02150, Aalto (Finland); Raeisaenen, J. [Department of Physics, Aalto University, P.O.Box 43, FI-00014, Aalto (Finland); Krsjak, V. [Institute for Energy, Joint Research Centre of European Commission, P.O.Box 2, 1755ZG Petten (Netherlands)

    2010-07-01

    A commercial application of new nuclear reactors designed within the frame of the international research programme GEN IV (High Temperature Reactor (HTR) included) is delayed by a development of construction materials. The emphasis is put on a reactor pressure vessel (RPV), which should resist higher radiation and temperature loading than recent reactors. This paper deals with two similar kinds of 9 % chromium ferritic/martensitic steels T91 and P91, which are ranked among the most promising candidate materials for construction of the HTR RPV in the light of recent research. Our study was focused on radiation resistance of these two steels using two different positron annihilation techniques (positron lifetime and Doppler broadening measurements). Radiation damage was simulated by helium ions implantation performed to a depth up to 1 {mu}m with applying of a linear accelerator. Both experimental techniques proved differences between T91 and P91 microstructure. Results showed higher radiation resistance for steel T91 than for P91. (authors)

  19. High energy resolution and first time-dependent positron annihilation induced Auger electron spectroscopty

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    Mayer, Jakob

    2010-04-03

    It was the aim of this thesis to improve the existing positron annihilation induced Auger spectrometer at the highly intense positron source NEPOMUC (NEutron induced POsitron source MUniCh) in several ways: Firstly, the measurement time for a single spectrum should be reduced from typically 12 h to roughly 1 h or even less. Secondly, the energy resolution, which amounted to {delta}E/E{approx}10%, should be increased by at least one order of magnitude in order to make high resolution positron annihilation induced Auger spectroscopy (PAES)-measurements of Auger transitions possible and thus deliver more information about the nature of the Auger process. In order to achieve these objectives, the PAES spectrometer was equipped with a new electron energy analyzer. For its ideal operation all other components of the Auger analysis chamber had to be adapted. Particularly the sample manipulation and the positron beam guidance had to be renewed. Simulations with SIMION {sup registered} ensured the optimal positron lens parameters. After the adjustment of the new analyzer and its components, first measurements illustrated the improved performance of the PAES setup: Firstly, the measurement time for short overview measurements was reduced from 3 h to 420 s. The measurement time for more detailed Auger spectra was shortened from 12 h to 80 min. Secondly, even with the reduced measurement time, the signal to noise ratio was also enhanced by one order of magnitude. Finally, the energy resolution was improved to {delta}E/E < 1. The exceptional surface sensitivity and elemental selectivity of PAES was demonstrated in measurements of Pd and Fe, both coated with Cu layers of varying thickness. PAES showed that with 0.96 monolayer of Cu on Fe, more than 55% of the detected Auger electrons stem from Cu. In the case of the Cu coated Pd sample 0.96 monolayer of Cu resulted in a Cu Auger fraction of more than 30% with PAES and less than 5% with electron induced Auger spectroscopy

  20. Positron annihilation lifetime studies of changes in free volume on some biorelevant nitrogen heterocyclic compounds and their S-glycosylation.

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    Mahmoud, K R; Khodair, A I; Shaban, S Y

    2015-11-01

    A series of N-heterocyclic compounds was investigated by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy as well as Doppler broadening of annihilation radiation (DBAR) at room temperature. The results showed that the formation probability and life time of ortho-positronium in this series are structure and electron-donation character dependent, and can give more information about the structure. The DBAR provides direct information about the change of core and valance electrons as well as the number of defect types present in these compounds. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. International Conference on Positron Annihilation (6th) held at the University of Texas at Arlington, April 3-7, 1982. Program and Collected Abstracts.

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    1983-02-23

    A. Seeger (West Germany) A. Dupasquier (Italy) R.M. Singru (India) K. Fujiwara (Japan) H. Stachowiak (Poland) V. I. Goldanskii (U.S.S.R.) A.T...Correlations for Positron Annihilation in an Electron Gas on the Basis of a Simple Model H. STACHOWIAK C-5 Many Body Interactions of Positrons in...J.N. McKAMY BIOMOLECULAR SYSTEMS P-151 On Positron Stopping in Thykaloids H. STACHOWIAK , D. LEHMANN, W. HENDRICH P-152 Positrons in Biomolecular

  2. Positron annihilation spectroscopy (PALS) the effect of crosslinking on free volume size in poly-methyl-methacrylate

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    2000-01-01

    Positron annihilation Spectroscopy (PALS) is used for analyzing the samples of polymethyl-methacrylate (PMMA) with different contents of crosslinks. The measurements are performed at room temperature. The times of life (tau sub 1 , tau sub 2 , tau sub 3) and the intensities (I sub I , I sub 2 , 1 sub 3) of para-positronium, the free positrons and the orto-positrons are calculated for each type of polymer, but only (tau sub 3) and (I sub 3) are of interest because we can calculate the size of free volume. It is shown that the radius of free volume is proportional to the crosslinking density. Defects of sizes in the range of 0.1 to 1 nm are detected with Positron Spectroscopy, while other techniques do not give results. (Original)

  3. Positron annihilation lifetime in float-zone n-type silicon irradiated by fast electrons: a thermally stable vacancy defect

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    Arutyunov, Nikolay [Martin Luther University Halle, Department of Physics, von-Danckelmann-Platz 3, 06120 Halle (Germany); Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute, 194021 St. Petersburg (Russian Federation); Institute of Ion-Plasma and Laser Technologies (Institute of Electronics), 700170 Tashkent (Uzbekistan); Emtsev, Vadim; Oganesyan, Gagik [Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute, 194021 St. Petersburg (Russian Federation); Krause-Rehberg, Reinhard [Martin Luther University Halle, Department of Physics, von-Danckelmann-Platz 3, 06120 Halle (Germany); Elsayed, Mohamed [Martin Luther University Halle, Department of Physics, von-Danckelmann-Platz 3, 06120 Halle (Germany); Minia University, Faculty of Science, Physics Department, 61519 Minia (Egypt); Kozlovskii, Vitalii [St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University, 195251 St. Petersburg (Russian Federation)

    2016-12-15

    Temperature dependency of the average positron lifetime has been investigated for n-type float-zone silicon, n-FZ-Si(P), subjected to irradiation with 0.9 MeV electrons at RT. In the course of the isochronal annealing a new defect-related temperature-dependent pattern of the positron lifetime spectra has been revealed. Beyond the well known intervals of isochronal annealing of acceptor-like defects such as E-centers, divacancies and A-centers, the positron annihilation at the vacancy defects has been observed in the course of the isochronal annealing from ∝ 320 C up to the limit of reliable detecting of the defect-related positron annihilation lifetime at ≥ 500 C. These data correlate with the ones of recovery of the concentration of the charge carriers and their mobility which is found to continue in the course of annealing to ∝ 570 C; the annealing is accomplished at ∝650 C. A thermally stable complex consisting of the open vacancy volume and the phosphorus impurity atom, V{sub op}-P, is suggested as a possible candidate for interpreting the data obtained by the positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy. An extended couple of semi-vacancies, 2V{sub s-ext}, as well as a relaxed inwards a couple of vacancies, 2V{sub inw}, are suggested as the open vacancy volume V{sub op} to be probed with the positron. It is argued that a high thermal stability of the V{sub s-ext} PV{sub s-ext} (or V{sub inw}PV{sub inw.}) configuration is contributed by the efficiency of PSi{sub 5} bonding. (copyright 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  4. Influence of the nuclear electric field on processes of annihilation of positrons emitted at β+-decay

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    S. N. Fedotkin

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The process of atomic shell ionization during annihilation of positron, emitted at β+-decay, with K-electron of daughter's atom is considered. The role of nuclear Coulomb field at calculation of the probability of this process is investigated. It is shown that the correct account of the influence of this factor on the states of electron and posi-tron changes the probability of atomic ionization appreciably. The ratio of the probabilities of processes of atom-ic ionization and usual β+- decay is notably changed.

  5. Subnanopore filling during water vapor adsorption on microporous silica thin films as seen by low-energy positron annihilation

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    Ito, Kenji; Yoshimoto, Shigeru; O'Rourke, Brian E.; Oshima, Nagayasu; Kumagai, Kazuhiro

    2018-02-01

    Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) using a low-energy positron microbeam extracted into air was applied to elucidating molecular-level pore structures formed in silicon-oxide-backboned microporous thin films under controlled humidity conditions; as a result, a direct observation of the interstitial spaces in the micropores filled with water molecules was achieved. It was demonstrated that PALS using a microbeam extracted into air in combination with water vapor adsorption is a powerful tool for the in-situ elucidation of both open and closed subnanoscaled pores of functional thin materials under practical conditions.

  6. The detection of reverse accumulation effect in the positron annihilation profile of stack of aluminum and silver foils

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    Dryzek Jerzy

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The implantation profile of positrons emitted from 22Na into a stack of aluminum and silver foils is the subject of the presented report. The characteristic dimple in the profile behind the Ag foil was detected. This effect arises from the differences in the linear absorption coefficient of aluminum and silver. The good agreement between the theoretical profile obtained within the multiscattering model and experimental one was achieved. The observed phenomenon can affect the positron annihilation characteristics measured for the inhomogeneous samples.

  7. Structural study of polymer hydrogel contact lenses by means of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy and UV-vis-NIR methods.

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    Filipecki, J; Kocela, A; Korzekwa, P; Miedzinski, R; Filipecka, K; Golis, E; Korzekwa, W

    2013-08-01

    A study has been conducted in order to determine presence of free volume gaps in the structure of structure of polymer hydrogel contact lenses made in phosphoryl choline technology and of the degree of defect of its structure. The study was made by means of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy. As a result of the conducted measurements, curves were obtained, which described numbers of counts of the acts of annihilation in the time function. The conducted studies revealed existence of three components τ(1), τ(2) and τ(3). The τ(3) component is attributed to the pick-off annihilation of o-Ps orthopositronium trapping by free volume gaps and provides information about geometrical parameters of the volumes. At the same time, the UV-vis-NIR spectrometry examination was conducted on the same samples in the spectral range 200-1,000 nm.

  8. Detection of helium in irradiated Fe9Cr alloys by coincidence Doppler broadening of slow positron annihilation

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    Cao, Xingzhong; Zhu, Te; Jin, Shuoxue; Kuang, Peng; Zhang, Peng; Lu, Eryang; Gong, Yihao; Guo, Liping; Wang, Baoyi

    2017-03-01

    An element analysis method, coincidence Doppler broadening spectroscopy of slow positron annihilation, was employed to detect helium in ion-irradiated Fe9Cr alloys. Spectra with higher peak to background ratio were recorded using a two-HPGe detector coincidence measuring system. It means that information in the high-momentum area of the spectra can be used to identify helium in metals. This identification is not entirely dependent on the helium concentration in the specimens, but is related to the structure and microscopic arrangement of atoms surrounding the positron annihilation site. The results of Doppler broadening spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy show that vacancies and dislocations were formed in ion-irradiated specimens. Thermal helium desorption spectrometry was performed to obtain the types of He traps.

  9. The deconvolution of Doppler-broadened positron annihilation measurements using fast Fourier transforms and power spectral analysis

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    Schaffer, J.P.; Shaughnessy, E.J.; Jones, P.L.

    1984-01-01

    A deconvolution procedure which corrects Doppler-broadened positron annihilation spectra for instrument resolution is described. The method employs fast Fourier transforms, is model independent, and does not require iteration. The mathematical difficulties associated with the incorrectly posed first order Fredholm integral equation are overcome by using power spectral analysis to select a limited number of low frequency Fourier coefficients. The FFT/power spectrum method is then demonstrated for an irradiated high purity single crystal sapphire sample. (orig.)

  10. NDT oriented equipment for observing the Doppler broadening of radiation produced by the annihilation of positrons in cylindrical samples

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    Coleman, C.F.; Smith, F.A.; Hughes, A.E.

    1976-11-01

    This report describes the development of equipment for measuring annihilation line broadening in cylindrical samples a few millimetres in diameter, suitable for use in fatigue testing programs. A detached positron source is employed, allowing the samples to be scanned both longitudinally (resolution approximately 1 cm) and in azimuth. Some of the advantages of and problems associated with this configuration are discussed. The statistical precision of a number of parameters

  11. Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy and Small Angle Neutron Scattering Characterization of Nanostructural Features in Irradiated Fe-Cu-Mn Alloys

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    Wirth, B D; Asoka-Kumar, P; Howell, R H; Odette, G R; Sterne, P A

    2001-01-01

    Radiation embrittlement of nuclear reactor pressure vessel steels results from a high number density of nanometer sized Cu-Mn-Ni rich precipitates (CRPs) and sub-nanometer matrix features, thought to be vacancy-solute cluster complexes (VSC). However, questions exist regarding both the composition of the precipitates and the defect character and composition of the matrix features. We present results of positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) and small angle neutron scattering (SANS) characterization of irradiated and thermally aged Fe-Cu and Fe-Cu-Mn alloys. These complementary techniques provide insight into the composition and character of both types of nanoscale features. The SANS measurements indicate populations of CRPs and VSCs in both alloys. The CRPs are coarser in the Fe-Cu alloy and the number densities of CRP and VSC increase with the addition of Mn. The PAS involved measuring both the positron lifetimes and the Doppler broadened annihilation spectra in the high momentum region to provide elemental sensitivity at the annihilation site. The spectra in Fe-Cu-Mn specimens thermally aged to peak hardness at 450 C and irradiated at 288 C are nearly identical to elemental Cu. Positron lifetime and spectrum measurements in Fe-Cu specimens irradiated at 288 C clearly show the existence of long lifetime (∼500 ps) open volume defects, which also contain Cu. Thus the SANS and PAS provide a self-consistent picture of nanostructures composed of CRPs and VSCs and tend to discount high Fe concentrations in the CRPs

  12. Miscibility and Crystallization Behavior of Poly (3- Hydroxybutyrate) and Poly (Ethylene Glycol) Blends Studied by Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy

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    Abdel-Hady, E.E.; Hammam, A.M.

    2010-01-01

    Poly (3-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) is linear stereo regular aliphatic polyester synthesized by some bacteria as a store of carbon and energy. Because of its high biocompatibility and the ability to be fully biodegraded, PHB is of special interest in medicine. To improve the physiochemical properties of PHB, Polyethylene glycol (PEG) was used for modifications of PHB. By using the chloroform as co-solvent a series of (PHB/PEG) blend with different ratio ranging from 100:0.0 (wt %) to 50:50 (wt %) was prepared by solution casting-technique. Positron Annihilation Lifetime (PAL) technique has been applied to study the effect of addition PEG on the structure of PHB. The positron annihilation lifetime measurements were performed with a conventional fast-fast coincidence system. The lifetime parameter, ι3 which represents the ortho-positronium atom (o-Ps) lifetime and I 3 which reflects the (o-Ps) intensity, give indication of the free-volume size and concentration respectively. Positron annihilation lifetime measurements showed that, ι3 increases by increasing PEG ratio until the concentration (80:20 wt %) then start to decrease by increasing PEG ratio. The obtained results are in agreement with the results of X-ray diffraction.

  13. The Galactic 511 keV line: analysis and interpretation of Integral observations; L'annihilation des positrons galactiques: analyse et interpretation des donnees INTEGRAL

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    Lonjou, V

    2005-09-15

    Ever since the discovery of the 511 keV annihilation line emission from the galactic center region in the late seventies, the origin of galactic positrons has been the topic of a vivid scientific debate. It is also one of the prime scientific objectives of the imaging spectrometer SPI on board ESA's INTEGRAL observatory. In this thesis first a description of the most important SPI sub-system is given - the detector plane. Procedures for detector energy calibration and detector degradation analysis are developed. The determination of instrumental background models, a crucial aspect of data analysis, is elaborated. These background models are then applied to deriving sky maps and spectra of unprecedented quality of the Galactic positron annihilation radiation. The emission is centered on the galactic center with a spatial resolution of 8 degrees (FWHM), a second spatial component appears clearly: the galactic disc. The ray energy has been measured with unprecedented accuracy: 511.0 {+-} 0.03 keV for a full width at half maximum (FWHM) of 2.07 {+-} 0.1 keV. The total galactic flux ranges from 1.09 to 2.43 10{sup -3} ph.cm{sup -2}.s{sup -1} including uncertainties on spatial distribution. Finally, the implications of these observations for the production of positrons by various Galactic populations are discussed.

  14. Mathematical modeling of elementary trapping-reduction processes in positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy: methodology of Ps-to-positron trapping conversion

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    Shpotyuk, Ya; Cebulski, J.; Ingram, A.; Shpotyuk, O.

    2017-12-01

    Methodological possibilities of positron annihilation lifetime (PAL) spectroscopy in application to nanostructurized substances treated within three-term fitting procedure are reconsidered to parameterize their atomic-deficient structural arrangement. In contrast to conventional three-term fitting analysis of the detected PAL spectra based on admixed positron trapping and positronium (Ps) decaying, the nanostructurization due to guest nanoparticles embedded in host matrix is considered as producing modified trapping, which involves conversion between these channels. The developed approach referred to as x3-x2-coupling decomposition algorithm allows estimation free volumes of interfacial voids responsible for positron trapping and bulk lifetimes in nanoparticle-embedded substances. This methodology is validated using experimental data of Chakraverty et al. [Phys. Rev. B71 (2005) 024115] on PAL study of composites formed by guest NiFe2O4 nanocrystals grown in host SiO2 matrix.

  15. Study of microstructure of modified polyethylene films with acrylic and methacrylic acids, by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Lopez C, R.

    1995-09-01

    Low density polyethylene (LDPE) was preirradiated with γ -rays and after some contact time with the monomers AA and MAA, suitable graft copolymers were obtained at different grafting grades. After their physical-chemistry characterization, the copolymers were studied using the Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy (PALS). Owing to its sensitive and non-destructive nature PALS has proven to be very useful in studying free-volume properties -at the molecular level- during phase transitions in molecular solids, such as the graft copolymers of LDPE/AA and LDPE/MAA. Using PALS it was possible to detect the changes in the melting point of the LDPE as a function of the grafting degree, obtaining thus, valuable information about the microstructure of this kind of copolymers. The increase in the values of the o-Ps lifetime, was interpreted as suggesting that the melting transition is followed by a free-volume cavity expansion as the temperature increased. The o-Ps intensity of formation behavior is in accord with the distortions occurring in the electronic density surrounding the o-Ps as well as the changes in the number of cavities available to the formation of o-Ps. (Author)

  16. Off-line analysis of positron annihilation spectra. I. Signature of crystal symmetry

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    Adam, Gh.; Adam, S.

    1997-01-01

    While the technique of 2-D angular correlation of the electron-positron annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR) yields data in the laboratory frame, consistent off-line data analysis requires their reformulation in the crystal frame. In the case of an n-axis projected 2D-ACAR spectrum (where n denotes a principal crystallographic axis) of a high-T c superconductor, the crystal frame derivation needs enhancement of information on spectrum symmetry. The concept of signature of crystal symmetry (SCS) in a 2D-ACAR histogram discussed in this paper is a basic ingredient to the consistent solution of the problem. The SCS in a row 2D-ACAR histogram is defined as a collection of chi-square sums over M max + 1 sets of sites inside the detector-defined histogram plane. The number M max is fixed by choice of the principal crystallographic axis n-vector and the angular aperture of the setup. The necessity of this concept is discussed in Section 2. The correct understanding of the meaning of the SCS results heavily relies of that of the various sources contributing to the symmetry a 2D-ACAR spectrum. This point is discussed in Section 3. The quantitative definition of the SCS is detailed in Section 4. Finally, Section 5 is devoted to a short consideration of the computation of the SCS numerical values

  17. Electron-positron annihilation into hadrons at the higher-loop levels

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    Nesterenko, A.V. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Bogoliubov Laboratory of Theoretical Physics, Dubna (Russian Federation)

    2017-12-15

    The strong corrections to the R-ratio of electron-positron annihilation into hadrons are studied at the higher-loop levels. Specifically, the derivation of a general form of the commonly employed approximate expression for the R-ratio (which constitutes its truncated re-expansion at high energies) is delineated, the appearance of the pertinent π{sup 2}-terms is expounded, and their basic features are examined. It is demonstrated that the validity range of such approximation is strictly limited to √(s)/Λ > exp(π/2) ≅ 4.81 and that it converges rather slowly when the energy scale approaches this value. The spectral function required for the proper calculation of the R-ratio is explicitly derived and its properties at the higher-loop levels are studied. The developed method of calculation of the spectral function enables one to obtain the explicit expression for the latter at an arbitrary loop level. By making use of the derived spectral function the proper expression for the R-ratio is calculated up to the five-loop level and its properties are examined. It is shown that the loop convergence of the proper expression for the R-ratio is better than that of its commonly employed approximation. The impact of the omitted higher-order π{sup 2}-terms on the latter is also discussed. (orig.)

  18. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) application in metal barrier layer integrity for porous low- k materials

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    Simon, Lin; Gidley, D W; Wetzel, J T; Monnig, K A; Ryan, E T; Simon, Jang; Douglas, Yu; Liang, M S; En, W G; Jones, E C; Sturm, J C; Chan, M J; Tiwari, S C; Hirose, M

    2002-01-01

    Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy (PALS) is a useful tool to pre-screen metal barrier integrity for Si-based porous low-k dielectrics. Pore size of low-k, thickness of metal barrier Ta, positronium (Ps) leakage from PALS, trench sidewall morphology, electrical test from one level metal (1LM) pattern wafer and Cu diffusion analysis were all correlated. Macro-porous low-k (pore size >=200 AA) and large scale meso-porous low-k (>50~200 AA) encounter both Ps leakage and Cu diffusion into low-k dielectric in the 0.25 mu mL/0.3 mu mS structures when using SEMATECH in-house PVD Ta 250 AA as barrier layer. For small scale meso-porous (>20~50 AA) and micro- porous (<=20 AA) low-k, no Ps leakage and no Cu diffusion into low-k were observed even with PVD Ta 50 AA, which is proved also owing to sidewall densification to seal all sidewall pores due to plasma etch and ash. For future technology, smaller pore size of porous Si-based low-k (=<50 AA) will be preferential for dense low-k like trench sidewall to...

  19. Microstructural characterization of alumina-zirconia layered ceramics using positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Parente, P., E-mail: pparente@fis.uc3m.es [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganes (Spain); Ortega, Y. [Departamento de Fisica de Materiales, Facultad de Ciencias Fisicas, Univ. Complutense de Madrid, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Savoini, B.; Monge, M.A. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganes (Spain); Tucci, A.; Esposito, L. [Centro Ceramico Bologna, 40128 Bologna (Italy); Sanchez-Herencia, A.J. [Instituto de Ceramica y Vidrio, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

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    Positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS), indentation, nanoindentation experiments and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observations were performed on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-ZrO{sub 2} laminates samples to assess the effect of residual stresses on their mechanical and microstructural properties. Layered samples were implemented by slip-casting, constituted by two thin Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} external layers and an intermediate thick one, consisting of a mixture of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and monoclinic ZrO{sub 2} in the range 0-30 vol.%. In these systems residual tensile stresses fields were generated inside the external layers during cooling from the sintering temperature, by the expansion of the adjacent ZrO{sub 2}-containing layer. SEM observations showed the microstructural effects due to the level of tension related to the zirconia content. A correlation between the PAS parameters and the microstructural changes caused by the presence of residual stresses was found. Nanoindentation measurements were used to trace the sign and magnitude of the residual stress gradient across the interface between the layers.

  20. Characterization of defect accumulation in neutron-irradiated Mo by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Eldrup, Morten Mostgaard; Li, Meimei; Snead, L.L.

    2008-01-01

    Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy measurements were performed on neutron-irradiated low carbon arc cast Mo. Irradiation took place in the high flux isotope reactor, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, at a temperature of 80 +/- 10 degrees C. Neutron fluences ranged from 2 x 10(21) to 8 x 10......(24) n/m(2) (E > 0.1 MeV), corresponding to displacement damage levels in the range from 7.2 x 10(-5) to 2.8 x 10(-1) displacements per atom (dpa). A high density of submicroscopic cavities was observed in the neutron-irradiated Mo and their size distributions were estimated. Cavities were detected even...... at a very low-dose of similar to 10(-4) dpa. The average size of the cavities did not change significantly with dose, in contrast to neutron-irradiated bcc Fe where cavity sizes increased with increasing dose. It is suggested that the in-cascade vacancy clustering may be significant in neutron-irradiated Mo...

  1. Irradiation-induced defects in InN and GaN studied with positron annihilation

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    Reurings, Floris; Tuomisto, Filip [Department of Applied Physics, Aalto University, Espoo (Finland); Egger, Werner; Loewe, Benjamin [Institut fuer Angewandte Physik und Messtechnik, Universitaet der Bundeswehr Muenchen, Neubiberg (Germany); Ravelli, Luca [Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita degli studi di Trento, Povo (Italy); Sojak, Stanislav [Department of Nuclear Physics and Technology, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava (Slovakia); Liliental-Weber, Zuzanna; Jones, Rebecca E.; Yu, Kin M.; Walukiewicz, Wladek [Materials Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA (United States); Schaff, William J. [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (United States)

    2010-05-15

    We use positron annihilation to study 2-MeV {sup 4}He{sup +} irradiated and subsequently rapid-thermal-annealed InN grown by molecular-beam epitaxy and GaN grown by metal-organic chemical-vapour deposition. The irradiation fluences were in the range 5 x 10{sup 14}-2 x 10{sup 16}cm{sup -2}. In vacancies are introduced in the irradiation at a low rate of 100 cm{sup -1}, with their concentration saturating in the mid-10{sup 17} cm{sup -3} range at an irradiation fluence of 2 x 10{sup 15} cm{sup -2}. The annealing, performed at temperatures between 425 and 475 C, is observed to result in an inhomogeneous redistribution of the In vacancies. The behaviour is opposite to GaN, where Ga vacancies are introduced at a much higher rate of 3600 cm{sup -1} showing no detectable saturation. About half of the Ga vacancies are found to recover in the annealing, in agreement with previous studies, while the remaining Ga vacancies undergo no spatial redistribution. (Abstract Copyright [2010], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  2. Positron annihilation characteristics, water uptake and proton conductivity of composite Nafion membranes.

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    Yin, Chongshan; Wang, Lingtao; Li, Jingjing; Zhou, Yawei; Zhang, Haining; Fang, Pengfei; He, Chunqing

    2017-06-21

    The free volumes and proton conductivities of Nafion membranes were investigated at different humidities by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) and using an electrochemical workstation, respectively. The results showed that the variation in o-Ps lifetime τ o-Ps was closely associated with the microstructure evolution and the development of hydrophilic ion clusters in Nafion membranes as a function of water uptake, regardless of metal oxide additives. In particular, with increasing relative humidity, the maximum value of τ o-Ps in the Nafion membranes corresponded to the formation of numerous water channels for proton transportation. Numerous well-connected water channels in Nafion-TiO 2 hybrid membranes could be formed at a much lower relative humidity (∼40% RH) than in the pristine one (∼75% RH), due to the better water retention ability of the Nafion-TiO 2 membranes. Further, a percolation behavior of proton conductivity at high water uptake in Nafion membranes was observed, which showed that the percolation of ionic-water clusters occurred at the water uptake of ∼4.5 wt%, and ∼6 wt% was basically enough for the formation of a well-connected water channel network.

  3. Development of positron annihilation spectroscopy for investigating deuterium decorated voids in neutron-irradiated tungsten

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    Taylor, C. N.; Shimada, M.; Merrill, B. J.; Akers, D. W.; Hatano, Y.

    2015-08-01

    The present work is a continuation of a recent research to develop and optimize positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) for characterizing neutron-irradiated tungsten. Tungsten samples were exposed to neutrons in the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and damaged to 0.025 and 0.3 dpa. Subsequently, they were exposed to deuterium plasmas in the Tritium Plasma Experiment (TPE) at Idaho National Laboratory. The implanted deuterium was desorbed through sample heating to 900 °C, and Doppler broadening (DB)-PAS was performed both before and after heating. Results show that deuterium impregnated tungsten is identified as having a smaller S-parameter. The S-parameter increases after deuterium desorption. Microstructural changes also occur during sample heating. These effects can be isolated from deuterium desorption by comparing the S-parameters from the deuterium-free back face with the deuterium-implanted front face. The application of using DB-PAS to examine deuterium retention in tungsten is examined.

  4. Describing Compton scattering and two-quanta positron annihilation based on Compton profiles: Two models suited for the Monte Carlo method

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    Bohlen, TT; Patera, V; Sala, P R

    2012-01-01

    An accurate description of the basic physics processes of Compton scattering and positron annihilation in matter requires the consideration of atomic shell structure effects and, in specific, the momentum distributions of the atomic electrons. Two algorithms which model Compton scattering and two-quanta positron annihilation at rest accounting for shell structure effects are proposed. Two-quanta positron annihilation is a physics process which is of particular importance for applications such as positron emission tomography (PET). Both models use a detailed description of the processes which incorporate consistently Doppler broadening and binding effects. This together with the relatively low level of complexity of the models makes them particularly suited to be employed by fast sampling methods for Monte Carlo particle transport. Momentum distributions of shell electrons are obtained from parametrized one-electron Compton profiles. For conduction electrons, momentum distributions are derived in the framework...

  5. Calculation of Positron Binding Energies and Electron-Positron Annihilation Rates for Atomic Systems with the Reduced Explicitly Correlated Hartree-Fock Method in the Nuclear-Electronic Orbital Framework.

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    Brorsen, Kurt R; Pak, Michael V; Hammes-Schiffer, Sharon

    2017-01-19

    Although the binding of a positron to a neutral atom has not been directly observed experimentally, high-level theoretical methods have predicted that a positron will bind to a neutral atom. In the present study, the binding energies of a positron to lithium, sodium, beryllium, and magnesium, as well as the electron-positron annihilation rates for these systems, are calculated using the reduced explicitly correlated Hartree-Fock (RXCHF) method within the nuclear-electronic orbital (NEO) framework. Due to the lack of explicit electron-positron correlation, NEO Hartree-Fock and full configuration interaction calculations with reasonable electronic and positronic basis sets do not predict positron binding to any of these atoms. In contrast, the RXCHF calculations predict positron binding energies and electron-positron annihilation rates in qualitative agreement with previous highly accurate but computationally expensive stochastic variational method calculations. These results illustrate that the RXCHF method can successfully describe the binding of a positron to a neutral species with no dipole moment. Moreover, the RXCHF method will be computationally tractable for calculating positron binding to molecular systems. The RXCHF approach offers a balance of accuracy and computational tractability for studying these types of positronic systems.

  6. Positron annihilation in polypropylene studied by lifetime and coincidence Doppler-broadening spectroscopy[Positron annihilation; Doppler broadening; Coincidence Doppler system; PP; Antioxidant; Carbonyl group; Irradiation effect; Core electrons

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    Djourelov, N. E-mail: nikdjour@post.kek.jp; He, C.; Suzuki, T.; Shantarovich, V.P.; Ito, Y.; Kondo, K.; Ito, Y

    2003-12-01

    The momentum density distributions (MDDs) of electrons taking part in the annihilation processes in polypropylene (PP) have been measured by coincidence Doppler-broadening spectroscopy. MDDs at the beginning of measurements to those at the saturation level of Ps formation have been compared in order to follow the possible changes in concentration of carbonyl groups (CG). A high initial CG concentration in PP has been observed, while for antioxidant-containing PP no significant presence of CG has been detected, and no changes have been observed during positron irradiation.

  7. Positron annihilation lifetime studies of changes in free volume on some biorelevant nitrogen heterocyclic compounds and their S-glycosylation

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    Mahmoud, K.R.; Khodair, A.I.; Shaban, S.Y.

    2015-01-01

    A series of N-heterocyclic compounds was investigated by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy as well as Doppler broadening of annihilation radiation (DBAR) at room temperature. The results showed that the formation probability and life time of ortho-positronium in this series are structure and electron-donation character dependent, and can give more information about the structure. The DBAR provides direct information about the change of core and valance electrons as well as the number of defect types present in these compounds. - Highlights: • N-heterocyclic compounds were studied by PALS and DBAR at room temperature. • These compounds contain thiohydantoins which have wide applications as anticarcinogenic, antiviral, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and antimicrobial activity. • The DBAR provides direct information about the change of core and valance electrons as well as the number of defect types present in these compounds.

  8. Evaluation of epoxy resin for cryogenic use by positron annihilation method. Change of characteristics of epoxy resin with cross-linking density and positron lifetime

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    Nishijima, Shigehiro; Honda, Yoshihide; Okada, Toichi; Kobayashi, Yoshinori; Namba, Shingo.

    1994-01-01

    The positron annihilation method has been applied to evaluate unoccupied space in epoxy aiming at the design of the molecular structure for cryogenic use. To confirm the model in which molecular free space is needed in the epoxy for cryogenic use, the molecular weight between cross-linkings in epoxy was changed. The increase of molecular weight between cross-linkings brought an increase of fracture toughness even at liquid helium temperature and the model was found to be confirmed. The increase of molecular weight between cross-linkings was also found to decrease the 3rd lifetime of positrons. It suggested that the epoxy main chains were folded and this was confirmed by the molecular mechanical calculation. (author)

  9. Ohmic contact formation mechanism of nonalloyed Pd contacts to p-type GaN observed by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Lee, Jong-Lam; Weber, Marc; Kim, Jong Kyu; Lee, Jae Won; Park, Yong Jo; Kim, Taeil; Lynn, Kelvin

    1999-04-01

    The change of the Fermi energy level at the interface of Pd/p-type GaN by surface treatment was investigated using positron annihilation spectroscopy, and the results were used to provide interpretation of the electrical properties of the contact. Changes in the positron parameters at the interface in the aqua regia-treated GaN are more pronounced than that in the HCl-treated one. This provides evidence that the surface treatment with aqua regia prior to Pd metal deposition removes surface oxides, resulting in the shift of the Fermi level position from a middle of the bandgap to near the valence band. Thus, the barrier for hole injection from metal to p-type GaN is lowered, subsequent to the decrease of contact resistivity by two orders of magnitude.

  10. To the application of the emission Mössbauer and positron annihilation spectroscopies for detection of carcinogens

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    Bokov, A. V.; Byakov, V. M.; Kulikov, L. A.; Perfiliev, Yu. D.; Stepanov, S. V.

    2017-11-01

    Being the main cause of cancer, almost all chemical carcinogens are strong electrophiles, that is, they have a high affinity for the electron. We have shown that positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) is able to detect chemical carcinogens by their inhibition of positronium (Ps) formation in liquid media. Electrophilic carcinogens intercept thermalized track electrons, which are precursors of Ps, and as a result, when they are present Ps atom does not practically form. Available biophysical data seemingly indicate that frozen solutions model better an intracellular medium than the liquid ones. So it is reasonable to use emission Mössbauer spectroscopy (EMS) to detect chemical carcinogens, measuring the yield of 57Fe2+ions formed in reactions of Auger electrons and other secondary electrons they produced with 57Fe3+. These reactions are similar to the Ps formation process in the terminal part the positron track: e++ e- =>Ps. So EMS and PALS are complementary methods for detection of carcinogenic compounds.

  11. Identification of equilibrium and irradiation-induced defects in nuclear ceramics: electronic structure calculations of defect properties and positron annihilation characteristics

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    Wiktor, Julia

    2015-01-01

    During in-pile irradiation the fission of actinide nuclei causes the creation of large amounts of defects, which affect the physical and chemical properties of materials inside the reactor, in particular the fuel and structural materials. Positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) can be used to characterize irradiation induced defects, empty or containing fission products. This non-destructive experimental technique involves detecting the radiation generated during electron-positron annihilation in a sample and deducing the properties of the material studied. As positrons get trapped in open volume defects in solids, by measuring their lifetime and momentum distributions of the annihilation radiation, one can obtain information on the open and the chemical environments of the defects. In this work electronic structure calculations of positron annihilation characteristics were performed using two-component density functional theory (TCDFT). To calculate the momentum distributions of the annihilation radiation, we implemented the necessary methods in the open-source ABINIT program. The theoretical results have been used to contribute to the identification of the vacancy defects in two nuclear ceramics, silicon carbide (SiC) and uranium dioxide (UO 2 ). (author) [fr

  12. Concurrent spectrometry of annihilation radiation and characteristic gamma-rays for activity assessment of selected positron emitters.

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    Dolley, S G; Steyn, G F; van Rooyen, T J; Szelecsényi, F; Kovács, Z; Vermeulen, C; van der Meulen, N P

    2017-11-01

    A method is described to determine the activity of non-pure positron emitters in a radionuclide production environment by assessing the 511keV annihilation radiation concurrently with selected γ-lines, using a single High-Purity Germanium (HPGe) detector. Liquid sources of 22 Na, 52 Fe, 52m Mn, 61 Cu, 64 Cu, 65 Zn, 66 Ga, 68 Ga, 82 Rb, 88 Y, 89 Zr and 132 Cs were prepared specifically for this study. Acrylic absorbers surrounding the sources ensured that the emitted β + -particles could not escape and annihilate away from the source region. The absorber thickness was matched to the maximum β + energy for each radionuclide. The effect on the 511keV detection efficiency by the non-homogeneous distribution of annihilation sites inside the source and absorber materials was investigated by means of Monte Carlo simulations. It was found that no self-absorption corrections other than those implicit to the detector calibration procedure needed to be applied. The medically important radionuclide, 64 Cu, is of particular interest as its strongest characteristic γ-ray has an intensity of less than 0.5%. In spite of the weakness of its emission intensity, the 1346keV γ-line is shown to be suitable for quantifying the 64 Cu production yield after chemical separation from the target matrix has been performed. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. A Study of Vacancy Related Defects in PbTiO3 and Related Thin Films using Positron Annihilation

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    Friessnegg, T.; Nielsen, B.; Keeble, D. J.; Madhukar, S.; Aggarwal, S.; Ramesh, R.; Poindexter, E. H.

    1998-03-01

    Variable energy positron beam (VEPB) experiments on La_0.5Sr_0.5CoO_3/Pb_0.9La_0.1Zr_0.2Ti_0.8O_3/La_0.5Sr _0.5CoO3 capacitors and on thin film Pb_1-yLa_yZr_1-xTi_xO_3-d (PLZT) have been performed. Positron annihilation was measured using the Doppler broadening of the annihilation radiation technique. The method is sensitive to open volume, i.e. vacancy related, defects. Changes in defect concentration and type can be inferred from the lineshape parameter, the S-parameter. All films studied were grown by laser ablation. The oxygen deficiency was adjusted by changing the oxygen partial pressure in the growth chamber, after deposition. Capacitors processed in different oxygen partial pressure atmospheres showed markedly different S-parameter profiles. Similar studies on thin film PLZT, PZT and PT are reported. The results show sensitivity to vacancy related defects generated by the reduction of oxygen content, however, the technique should not be sensitive to the uncomplexed oxygen monovacancy.

  14. Positron Annihilation Spectroscopic Investigation on the Origin of Temperature-Dependent Electrical Response in Methylammonium Lead Iodide Perovskite.

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    Dhar, Joydeep; Sil, Sayantan; Dey, Arka; Ray, Partha Pratim; Sanyal, Dirtha

    2017-04-20

    Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite has appeared as one of the leading materials for realizing solution-based high-performing optoelectronic devices. The charge transport properties in this class of material are quite intriguing and still need to be carefully investigated. The temperature-dependent electrical property of methylammonium lead iodide (CH 3 NH 3 PbI 3 ) has been investigated by employing positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS), which unambiguously reveals the gradual formation of open volume defects with the enhancement in temperature. The high-temperature ionic conductivity is due to the generation of both cationic (CH 3 NH 3 + ) and anionic (I - ) vacancies, possibly because of the elimination of methylammonium iodide (CH 3 NH 3 I) as identified from the coincidence Doppler broadening (CDB) of the positron annihilation spectroscopy. Further, the evolution of temperature-dependent defect density and corresponding electrical responses has been correlated with the structural phase transitions of CH 3 NH 3 PbI 3 . This is the first ever report of temperature-dependent PAS measurement on hybrid lead halide perovskites to understand the nature and the origin of its electrical characteristics arising due to the variation in temperature.

  15. Frequency domain kinetic of positron-electron annihilation in the MgO-Al2O3 spinel-type ceramics

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    Fl'unt, Orest; Klym, Halyna; Ingram, Adam

    2018-03-01

    In this work, the kinetic of positron-electron annihilation in the MgO-Al2O3 spinel-type ceramics sintered at different temperatures (1100, 1200 and 1400 °C) has been calculated and analyzed in a frequency domain. The spectra of real (in-phase) and imaginary (quadrature) components of positron-electron annihilation kinetic have been obtained numerically from usual temporal characteristics using integral Fourier transform. The numerical calculations were carried out using cubic spline interpolation of the pulse characteristics of MgO-Al2O3 ceramics in time domain with following analytical calculations of integrals. The obtained spectra as real so imaginary part of MgO-Al2O3 ceramics in frequency domain almost good obey a Debye law denying correlation between elementary positron annihilation processes. Complex diagrams of frequency domain responses of as-prepared samples have a shape of semicircles with close characteristic frequencies. Some deviation on low-frequency side of the semicircles is observed confirming an availability of longer time kinetic processes. Sintering temperature dependencies of the relaxation times and characteristic frequencies of positron-electron annihilation processes have been obtained. It is shown that position of large maxima on the frequency dependencies of imaginary part corresponds to fast average relaxation lifetime representing the most intensive interaction process of positrons with small cavity traps in solids.

  16. Mn-Doping in NiO Nanoparticles: Defects-Modifications and Associated Effects Investigated Through Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy.

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    Das, Anjan; Mandal, Atis Chandra; Roy, Soma; Nambissan, P M G

    2016-04-01

    Manganese-doped nickel oxide (Ni1-xMnxO) nanoparticulate samples with x in the range 0 (undoped sample) to 0.35 were synthesized by sol-gel method involving chemical reactions between the solutions of nickel nitrate hexahydrate and manganese acetate tetrahydrate. The nanocrystallites obtained after annealing of the precipitates for different durations were characterized by X-ray diffraction and high resolution transmission electron microscopy. The samples showed high degree of purity with no secondary phase up to 35 at.% (x = 0.35) of Mn-doping. At the initial doping concentrations, the crystallite sizes increased due to vacancy type defects being recombined with some of the doped Mn2+ ions. However, substitution-induced strain soon overtook the crystallite dynamics and the sizes rapidly started reducing again as an indirect consequence of the necessity to accommodate majority of the doped cations on the surfaces of the nanocrystallites. There was conspicuous changes in the lattice parameter too which could again be attributed to the strain and charge effects. The average sizes of the crystallites were obtained in the range 5.5 nm to 13.1 nm for the different samples. UV-Vis absorption studies indicated the formation of excitonic states in NiO on Mn-doping. The band gap energy (Eg) derived from the optical absorption spectra showed a continuous increase with increase of Mn-doping of the samples. Positron lifetime and Doppler broadening spectroscopic studies were carried out on those samples to characterize the vacancy type defects and defect clusters/complexes. There were also indications to suggest positron annihilation at the crystallite surfaces owing to their sizes of nanometer order. Positron lifetimes decreased upon increase of Mn-doping. The coincidence Doppler broadened ratio curves indicated definite shifts of the prominent oxygen-electron-annihilation peak and the variation of the lineshape parameter S also indicated clearly the effects of Mn-doping.

  17. STUDY OF POSITRONS FROM COSMIC RAYS INTERACTIONS AND COLD DARK MATTER ANNIHILATIONS IN THE GALACTIC ENVIRONMENT

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    LINEROS RODRIGUEZ ; ROBERTO ALFREDO; LINEROS RODRIGUEZ ; ROBERTO ALFREDO

    2008-01-01

    LOS RAYOS COSMICOS DE POSITRONES Y ELECTRONES CONSTITUYEN SOLO UNA FRACCION DE LOS RAYOS COSMICOS QUE LLEGAN A LA TIERRA. ESTAS PARTICULAS TIENEN LA POTENCIALIDAD DE REVELAR SOLO FUENTES CERCANAS PORQUE SON AFECTADAS EN MAYOR MEDIDA POR PROCESOS DE PERDIDA DE ENERGIA QUE OTRAS CLASES DE RAYOS COSMICOS. POSITRONES GALACTICOS SON PRINCIPALMENTE PRODUCIDOS POR LA INTERACCION DE RAYOS COSMICOS NUCLEARES CON EL GAS INTERESTELAR. LAS OBSERVACIONES DE RAYOS COSMICOS EN LA SEÃ?AL POSITRON-ELECTRON MU...

  18. Annihilation in Gases and Galaxies

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    Drachman, Richard J. (Editor)

    1990-01-01

    This publication contains most of the papers, both invited and contributed, that were presented at the Workshop of Annihilation in Gases and Galaxies. This was the fifth in a biennial series associated with the International Conference on the Physics of Electronic and Atomic Collisions. Subjects covered included the scattering and annihilation of positrons and positronium atoms in various media, including those of astrophysical interest. In addition, the topics of antimatter and dark matter were covered.

  19. Study of the ortho-positron annihilation process in zeolite Y; Estudio del proceso de aniquilacion de ortopositronio en zeolita Y

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    Alvarado D, M. E.

    2010-07-01

    For several years a great interest has existed for the study of the natural and synthetic zeolites due to its properties. The porosity, one of their main characteristics allows that these materials are used as molecular sieves, catalysts, gases drying, etc. In order to investigating the porosity and other zeolite properties one carries out the study of the process of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (Pals). This is a technique that provides information about the size and the pores form since is highly sensitive to the free volume and the superficial area of those porous materials as the zeolites. The study began with the elaboration of zeolite Y tablets in a hydraulic press where different pressures (from 0 to 1.26 GPa) and masses (70, 80 and 100 mg) were proven to obtain the estimate porosity of each tablet. A graph was elaborated and the effect of the mass and pressure with regard to the zeolite porosity was analyzed. Later on, the powder and tablets of 70 mg were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (the glass size, interplanar distance, length and the volume of the unitary cell); scanning electron microscopy (the particles size and morphology); thermo gravimetric analysis (dehydration temperature and the stability up to 700 C) and the Brunauer Emmett Teller method (specific area). After the zeolite Y tablets characterization was carried out the positron annihilation process by means of Pals where its free volume of zeolite Y was analyzed, which includes to the structural cavities and the interparticle volume. The powdered zeolite was analyzed to different experimental conditions (preparation of the sample and the Pals equipment) to obtain the optimal conditions (a window with a time of 400 ns and a enlarged energy window) of analysis. On the other hand, the tablets were analyzed under optimal conditions to obtain the four components of time and intensity ({tau}, {Iota}), result of the different ways of positrons annihilation in the zeolite

  20. Evaluation of epoxy resin for cryogenic use by positron annihilation method. Change of characteristics of epoxy resin with plasticizer and positron lifetime

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    Nishijima, Shigehiro; Honda, Yoshihide; Okada, Toichi; Kobayashi, Yoshinori; Namba, Shingo.

    1994-01-01

    The evaluation of unoccupied space in epoxies has been evaluated in terms of positron annihilation method. Based on the evaluated unoccupied space the cohesive condition of the epoxy molecular was modeled. The model suggested that the epoxies were classified into two types that is the epoxy could be explain by the free volume and that by free space. Two former was understood as the epoxy of which molecular network was destroyed by the plasticizer and the latter as that of which molecular weight between crosslinks was changed. In this work the former mechanism was confirmed experimentally. The addition of plasticizer was confirmed not to be effective to improve the cryogenic mechanical properties as expected by the model. (author)

  1. Positron annihilation lifetime measurements of vanadium alloy and F82H irradiated with fission and fusion neutrons

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    Sato, K.; Inoue, K.; Yoshiie, T.; Xu, Q.; Wakai, E.; Kutsukake, C.; Ochiai, K.

    2009-01-01

    V-4Cr-4Ti, F82H, Ni and Cu were irradiated with fission and fusion neutrons at room temperature and 473 K. Defect structures were analyzed and compared using positron annihilation lifetime measurement, and microstructural evolution was discussed. The mean lifetime of positrons (the total amount of residual defects) increased with the irradiation dose. The effect of cascade impact was detected in Ni at room temperature. The size and the number of vacancy clusters were not affected by the displacement rate in the fission neutron irradiation at 473 K for the metals studied. The vacancy clusters were not formed in V-4Cr-4Ti irradiated at 473 K in the range of 10 -6 -10 -3 dpa. In F82H irradiated at 473 K, the defect evolution was prevented by pre-existing defects. The mean lifetime of positrons in fission neutron irradiation was longer than that in fusion neutron irradiation in V-4Cr-4Ti at 473 K. It was interpreted that more closely situated subcascades were formed in the fusion neutron irradiation and subcascades interacted with each other, and consequently the vacancy clusters did not grow larger.

  2. New Limits on Dark Matter Annihilation from Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer Cosmic Ray Positron Data

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    Bergström, L.; Bringmann, T.; Cholis, I.; Hooper, D.; Weniger, C.

    2013-01-01

    The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer experiment onboard the International Space Station has recently provided cosmic ray electron and positron data with unprecedented precision in the range from 0.5 to 350 GeV. The observed rise in the positron fraction at energies above 10 GeV remains unexplained, with

  3. Local vacancies in optical modulation polymers studied by positron annihilation lifetime measurements

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    Shimazu, Akira

    2009-01-01

    The ability of a slow positron beam to prove vacancies at the surface and in bulk regions of optical modulation polymers was demonstrated. A slow positron beam system was found to be a powerful tool to study the change in the microstructure driven by photopolymerization of novel optical modulation polymers. (author)

  4. Structure of dislocations in Al and Fe as studied by positron-annihilation spectroscopy

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    Hidalgo, C.; González-Doncel, G.; Linderoth, Søren

    1992-01-01

    Positron-lifetime-spectra measurements have been performed on single crystals of Al and polycrystals of Fe deformed under the tensile mode at room temperature and 77 K, respectively. It is shown that the positron-trapping component in Al depends on the number of slip systems activated: The positr...

  5. Study of the electron-positron annihilation in the galactic center region with the Integral/SPI spectrometer; Etude de l'annihilation electron-positon dans la region du centre galactique avec le spectrometre INTEGRAL/SPI

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    Sizun, P

    2007-04-15

    A spectral feature was detected in 1970 in the gamma-ray emission from the central regions of the Milky Way, during balloon flight observations. Located near 511 keV, this feature was soon attributed to the gamma-ray line tracing the annihilation of electrons with their anti-particles, positrons. However, none of the multiple astrophysical scenarios contemplated to explain the production of positrons in the Galactic bulge has been able to reproduce the high injection rate deduced from the flux of the 511 keV line, close to 10{sup 43} positrons per second. Launched in 2002, the European gamma-ray satellite INTEGRAL was provided with a spectrometer, SPI, whose unprecedented imaging and spectral capabilities in this energy range enable us to further study the source of the 511 keV line detected in the Galactic centre region. Indeed, a better determination of the spatial extent of the source, the intrinsic width of the line and the fraction of positrons annihilating in-flight, directly or via the formation of ortho-Positronium atoms would improve our knowledge of both the annihilation medium and the initial source of positrons, and could allow us to discriminate between the various explanatory scenarios. The first part of this thesis deals with a key ingredient in the extraction of the annihilation spectrum: the optimization of the instrumental background model. New data screening and tracer selection procedures are presented. Classical multi-linear models are compared to neural and Bayesian networks. Finally, three years of observation are used to constrain the width of the source and derive its spectrum. The second part of the thesis focuses on one of the possible scenarios explaining the high positron injection rate deduced from the flux of the 511 keV line: the annihilation of light dark matter particles into electron-positron pairs. The various radiation mechanisms involved are modeled and confronted to observations in order to set an upper limit on the injection

  6. Determination of properties of high temperature superconductors and amorphous metallic alloys using positron annihilation techniques. Final report for the period 15 January 1992 - 15 July 1995

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    Kristiak, J.

    1995-11-01

    The positron lifetime results obtained on amorphous thermally treated Ni 25 Zr 55 Al 20 alloy indicate that positrons annihilate at places with different properties. The observed shifts of positron lifetime distribution were analyzed in the terms of a relaxation of free-volume, i.e. chemical (CSRO) and topological (TSRO) short range ordering. The upper limit of the activation energy of CSRO and TSRO relaxation was determined to be 2.2eV and 2.6eV, respectively. Positron lifetime τ and Doppler broadening of the annihilation line measurements on very pure C 60 sample as a function of temperature between 120 and 300 K have been reported. A rapid change of τ was observed between 240 and 250 K. This results indicate that the lattice from C 60 molecules is undergoing a phase transition and the phases coexist over an ∼ 10K range. The annihilation of positrons in amorphous tetramethylpoly-carbonate has been investigated in the temperature range from 30 to 300 K. The observed dependences of the mean lifetime of oPs and its relative intensity 1 on temperature were interpreted within the framework of the microstructural free-volume concept. The man radius of free space (hole) was deduced to be around 3,1.10 -10 m. Refs, figs, tabs

  7. Thermal and thermomechanical effects on the Al-Ca-Zn superplastic alloy studied on the positrons annihilation

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    Romero, R.; Somoza, A.; Silvetti, S.P.

    1990-01-01

    Superplastic metallic materials are characterized by the presence of an unusual plastic behaviour, within a certain temperature range, with high ductility and low flow stress. This makes them suitable for their shaping with compressed air, for instance. On the other hand they behave similarly to any other metallic alloy at room temperature. One of the main problems found in superplastic alloys during deformation is the formation of cavities that may deteriorate the properties of a piece which was manufactured with this method. As an attempt to understand the origin of the cavitation, the effect of thermal and thermo-mechanical treatments was studied on superplastic alloy Al-5%wtCa-5%wtZn using a measurement technique based on positron annihilation. (Author). 3 refs., 5 figs

  8. Free-volume structure of fluoropolymer-based radiation-grafted electrolyte membranes investigated by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy

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    Sawada, S; Maekawa, Y; Kawasuso, A; Maekawa, M; Yabuuchi, A

    2010-01-01

    In the field of polymer-electrolyte-membrane (PEM) fuel cell technology, the structures of free-volume holes in the PEMs are very important because they are correlated to the supplied-gas crossover phenomenon, which sometimes deteriorates the cell performance. In this study, we investigated the size and location of free-volume holes in the crosslinked-polytetrafluoroethylene (cPTFE) based radiation-grafted PEMs by positron annihilation lifetime (PAL) spectroscopy. For comparison, the base cPTFE and polystyrene grafted films were also measured. From the analysis of PAL spectra, it was found that there were free-volume holes with different radius of 0.28-0.30 nm and 0.44-0.45 nm. The smaller holes should be located in both PTFE crystallites and poly(styrene sulfonic acid) grafts, while the larger holes are considered to exist in amorphous PTFE phases.

  9. Free volume study on the miscibility of PEEK/PEI blend using positron annihilation and dynamic mechanical thermal analysis

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    Ramani, R; Alam, S

    2015-01-01

    High performance polymer blend of poly(ether ether ketone) (PEEK) and poly(ether imide) (PEI) was examined for their free volume behaviour using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy and dynamic mechanical thermal analysis methods. The fractional free volume obtained from PALS shows a negative deviation from linear additivity rule implying good miscibility between PEEK and PEI. The dynamic modulus and loss tangent were obtained for the blends at three different frequencies 1, 10 and 100 Hz at temperatures close to and above their glass transition temperature. Applying Time-Temperature-Superposition (TTS) principle to the DMTA results, master curves were obtained at a reference temperature T o and the WLF coefficients c 0 1 and c 0 2 were evaluated. Both the methods give similar results for the dependence of fractional free volume on PEI content in this blend. The results reveal that free volume plays an important role in determining the visco-elastic properties in miscible polymer blends. (paper)

  10. Structural analysis of poly(vinyl alcohol hydrogels) produced by freezing and thawing process Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS)

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    Paranhos, Caio M.; Oliveira, Renata N.; Soares, Bluma G.

    2005-01-01

    In this work, poly(vinyl alcohol) hydrogels with a entrapped polyelectrolyte were characterized through Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy (PALS). PALS was used to determine the average pore radii (R), average free volume (V f ) and the intensity of ortho-positronium (I 3 ). The free volume estimated for the hydrogels increases with increasing polyelectrolyte content, while the intensity of o-Ps decreases with the increasing polyelectrolyte content. Degree of crystallinity of the samples decreases with the presence of polyelectrolyte. The structural changes observed can be discussed in terms of the changes in hydrogels structure due to a hindrance capacity of the polyelectrolyte on the crystalline behavior and the different polymer-polymer interactions. (author)

  11. Auger electron emission initiated by the creation of valence-band holes in graphene by positron annihilation.

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    Chirayath, V A; Callewaert, V; Fairchild, A J; Chrysler, M D; Gladen, R W; Mcdonald, A D; Imam, S K; Shastry, K; Koymen, A R; Saniz, R; Barbiellini, B; Rajeshwar, K; Partoens, B; Weiss, A H

    2017-07-13

    Auger processes involving the filling of holes in the valence band are thought to make important contributions to the low-energy photoelectron and secondary electron spectrum from many solids. However, measurements of the energy spectrum and the efficiency with which electrons are emitted in this process remain elusive due to a large unrelated background resulting from primary beam-induced secondary electrons. Here, we report the direct measurement of the energy spectra of electrons emitted from single layer graphene as a result of the decay of deep holes in the valence band. These measurements were made possible by eliminating competing backgrounds by employing low-energy positrons (annihilation. Our experimental results, supported by theoretical calculations, indicate that between 80 and 100% of the deep valence-band holes in graphene are filled via an Auger transition.

  12. Positron annihilation studies in high-Tc superconductors RBa2Cu3Oy, R: La, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Dy, Ho, Y, Er

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    Lagouri, T.; Dedoussis, S.; Chardalas, M.; Liolios, A.

    1997-01-01

    Positron lifetime and Doppler broadening of the annihilation line measurements have been performed at room temperature in high-T c superconductors RBa 2 Cu 3 O y , where R: La, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Dy, Ho, Y, Er and 6.9 c superconducting samples RBa 2 Cu 3 O y , where R: Nd, Sm, Eu, Ho, Y, Er as a function of temperature between 14 K and 293 K. It was observed that the positron lifetime and the S parameter values at room temperature have no obvious trend in their variation from the yttrium substitution by a rare-earth element. It was also observed that the temperature dependence of the positron annihilation parameters is similar in the high-T c superconducting samples. (orig.)

  13. The positron annihilation technique applied to the study of inhomogeneous solids: aluminium alloys, layered compound 1T-TaS2

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    Boileau, F.

    1983-01-01

    This thesis is an experimental investigation of inhomogeneous solids using the standard positron annihilation techniques (angular correlation of annihilation γ-rays, Doppler broadening, lifetime). The investigations are concerned with different types of more or less extended defects. The effect of impurities on the migration properties of the vacancy-type defects is first studied in electron irradiated and quenched aluminium alloys. The affinity of the positron for precipitates formed in supersatured aluminium alloys is shown experimentally and explained. The effects of low dimensionality on the behaviour of the positron are then studied in the layered dichalcogenide 1T-TaS 2 where the presence of charge density waves modifies the electronic properties. An experimental and theoretical insight on the Fermi surface of this compound has been successfully undertaken [fr

  14. Study of the density of electrons in momentum space in the Al-Li-Cu icosahedral phase by means of positron annihilation

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    Tanaka, Yoshikazu; Nanao, Susumu [Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo, Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo 106 (Japan); Tanigawa, Shoichiro [Institute of Materials Science, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305 (Japan)

    1997-12-15

    The three-dimensional momentum density of annihilating electron - positron pairs has been studied for a single Al-Li-Cu icosahedral quasicrystal. A direct Fourier transform method is employed to reconstruct the three-dimensional momentum density from measurements of the two-dimensional angular correlation of positron annihilation radiation (2 D-ACAR). The crystallographic anisotropy in the momentum density is observed to be very small. The asphericity of the Fermi surface is not found explicitly within the experimental resolution in the momentum space. The features of the three-dimensional electron - positron momentum density agree with those obtained by means of Compton profile measurement. It is suggested that a strong lattice - electron interaction at the Fermi level occurs in this icosahedral phase. (author)

  15. Oxygen microclusters in Czochralski-grown Si probed by positron annihilation

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    Uedono, Akira; Wei Long; Tanigawa, Shoichiro [Tsukuba Univ., Ibaraki (Japan). Inst. of Materials Science; Kawano, Takao; Ikari, Atsushi; Kawakami, Kazuto; Itoh, Hisayoshi

    1994-08-01

    Trapping of positrons by oxygen microclusters in Czochralski-grown Si was studied. Lifetime spectra of positrons were measured for Si specimens annealed in the temperature range between 450degC and 1000degC. Positrons were found to be trapped by oxygen microclusters, and the trapping rate of positrons into such defects increased with increasing annealing temperature. In order to investigate the clustering behaviors of oxygen atoms in more derail, vacancy-oxygen complexes, V{sub n}O{sub m} (n,m=1,2, {center_dot}{center_dot}{center_dot}), were introduced by 3MeV electron irradiation. The concentration of monovacancy-oxygen complexes VO{sub m}(m=2,3, {center_dot}{center_dot}{center_dot}) increased with increasing annealing temperature. These facts were attributed that the oxygen microclusters, O{sub m}, were introduced by annealing above 700degC. (author).

  16. Oxygen microclusters in Czochralski-grown Si probed by positron annihilation

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    Uedono, Akira; Wei Long; Tanigawa, Shoichiro; Kawano, Takao; Ikari, Atsushi; Kawakami, Kazuto; Itoh, Hisayoshi.

    1994-01-01

    Trapping of positrons by oxygen microclusters in Czochralski-grown Si was studied. Lifetime spectra of positrons were measured for Si specimens annealed in the temperature range between 450degC and 1000degC. Positrons were found to be trapped by oxygen microclusters, and the trapping rate of positrons into such defects increased with increasing annealing temperature. In order to investigate the clustering behaviors of oxygen atoms in more derail, vacancy-oxygen complexes, V n O m (n,m=1,2, ···), were introduced by 3MeV electron irradiation. The concentration of monovacancy-oxygen complexes VO m (m=2,3, ···) increased with increasing annealing temperature. These facts were attributed that the oxygen microclusters, O m , were introduced by annealing above 700degC. (author)

  17. Applications of perturbed angular correlation and positron annihilation for materials science

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    Zhu Shengyun; Zheng Yongnan; Zuo Yi; Zhou Dongmei; Yuan Daqing; Duan Xiao; Wang Zhaohui; Wang Zhiqing; Liu Meng

    2005-01-01

    The presentation addresses seven practical applications of perturbed angular correlation (PAC) and positron annihilation (PAS) that use the nuclear probes: study of defects and radiation damage, investigation of order-disorder transformation, investigation of structure and phase transition, investigation of amorphous alloy structure, characterization of hydrids, stusy of high Tc superconductivity and measurement of local susceptibility. Some examples performed by PAC and/or PAS at China Institute of Atomic Energy will be given to show these applications. The PAC and PAS were used simutaneously to study the radiation damage in Si irradiated by fast neutrons of 1.45 x 10 20 cm -2 and 178 W heavy ions of 5 x 10 11 cm -2 . The monovacacy-oxygen complexes and divacancies and divacancy-oxygen complexes were produced by the irradiations, and quadrivacancies and quadrivacancy-oxygen complexes were formed during thermal annealing. The results obtained by both methods are consistent. The temperature dependence of the nuclear quadrupole interaction was measured for the ternary alloy In 0.95 Ga 0.005 Ag 0.04 5 by PAC. The experimental results show that this alloy undergoes an order-disorder transformation at RT and the degree of disorder increases with the increasing of temperature, which discloses the nature of performance worsening of devices made of it. The PAC investigation was conducted for Pd 0.8 Si 0.2 in the temperature region from RT to 870 K. Two silicides were observed and their fractions were found to chang severely with temperature At lower temperatures one silicide is dominamt, while the other at higher temperatures. The quadrupole interaction in Pd 0.8 Si 0.2 amorphous alloy was determined by PAC below and above the crystallization temperature T cry . Broad electric field gradient (EFG) distribution with a FWHM of -0.5 and unique EFG were observed below and above T cry , respectively. The experimental results are in good agreement with computer simulation of the

  18. Intrinsic spatial resolution limitations due to differences between positron emission position and annihilation detection localization; Limitacoes da resolucao espacial intrinseca devido as diferencas entre a posicao da emissao do positron e a deteccao da localizacao de aniquilacao

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    Perez, Pedro; Malano, Francisco; Valente, Mauro, E-mail: valente@famaf.unc.edu.ar [Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Cordoba (Argentina). Fac. de Matematica, Astronomia y Fisica (FaMAF)

    2012-07-01

    Since its successful implementation for clinical diagnostic, positron emission tomography (PET) represents the most promising medical imaging technique. The recent major growth of PET imaging is mainly due to its ability to trace the biologic pathways of different compounds in the patient's body, assuming the patient can be labeled with some PET isotope. Regardless of the type of isotope, the PET imaging method is based on the detection of two 511-keV gamma photons being emitted in opposite directions, with almost 180 deg between them, as a consequence of electron-positron annihilation. Therefore, this imaging method is intrinsically limited by random uncertainties in spatial resolutions, related with differences between the actual position of positron emission and the location of the detected annihilation. This study presents an approach with the Monte Carlo method to analyze the influence of this effect on different isotopes of potential implementation in PET. (author)

  19. Proceedings of the specialist meeting on positron annihilation study for science and engineering 2011

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    Shirai, Yasuharu; Yoshiie, Toshimasa

    2012-01-01

    The utilization of positron beams in the field of materials science and engineering has increased remarkably in these years. It is meaningful for researches working in this field to gather together to promote and exchange views and information between them. For this purpose, the Specialist Research Meeting on Positron Beam Techniques for Science and Engineering was held on December 2nd and 3rd, 2011 at the Research Reactor Institute, Kyoto University. 66 participants jointed the Meeting and 28 papers were presented. This volume contains the summary and selected transparencies presented in the meeting. (J.P.N.)

  20. On the Correlation between EPR and Positron Annihilation Measurements on gamma-Irradiated Acetyl Methionine

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    Eldrup, Morten Mostgaard; Lund-Thomsen, E.; Mogensen, O. E.

    1972-01-01

    The dose dependence of the relative EPR signal intensity and positron lifetime spectrum was measured for γ‐irradiated acetyl methionine in the dose range from 0 to 30 Mrad. Angular correlation measurements were performed for the doses 0 and 30 Mrad. The result of the irradiation was the creation...... of EPR centers and inhibition of positronium formation. For one sample, irradiated with a dose of 30 Mrad, EPR and positron lifetime spectra were followed over a period of 50 days after the irradiation. The inhibiting effect and the EPR signal intensity decreased with time. No simple correlation could...

  1. Microstructure characterization of rapidly solidified Al-Fe-Cr-Ce alloy by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Michalcová, A.; Vojtěch, D.; Čízek, J.; Procházka, I.; Drahokoupil, Jan; Novák, P.

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 509, č. 7 (2011), s. 3211-3218 ISSN 0925-8388 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100520 Keywords : metals and alloy s * nanostructured materials * rapid solidification * positron spectroscopies * transmission electron microscopy * x-ray diffraction Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 2.289, year: 2011

  2. Study by positron annihilation of defects in metals, crystalline or amorphous alloys and in semiconductors

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    Moumene, M.

    1984-07-01

    In this work lifetime of positron is used to study vacancies in different systems irradiated by electrons: pure metals (Fe, Zn), diluted (FeCo, FeAu) and concentrated (Cu 3 Au) alloys, semiconductors (CdTe, ZnTe) and amorphous alloys. Results on vacancy migration temperature and of the formation of two or three-dimensional vacancy clusters are given [fr

  3. Positron Annihilation Ratio Spectroscopy (PsARS) Applied to Positronium Formation Studies

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    2010-03-01

    due to the columbic repulsion the density of positrons has a theoretical maximum limit of 5 x 10 12 cm -3 for a 1 tesla magnet [29] . It has been...measure pressure from atmosphere to 10 -3 Torr. A vacuum tee and valve connected the chamber to a Gamma Vacuum 10S ion pump to be used in

  4. Ultrafine particles of Ni and FeCr studied by positron annihilation

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    Eldrup, Morten Mostgaard; Pedersen, N.J.; Sethi, S.A.

    1995-01-01

    Ultrafine particles of Ni and Fe80Cr20 have been produced by the gas condensation technique. After surface oxidation the paticles were heated in a reducing H2 atmosphere and positron lifetime and Doppler broadening measurements were carried out. Reduction of the oxide on the Ni powder takes place...

  5. The Vacancy Formation Energy in Crystalline Adamantane Determined by Positron Annihilation Techniques

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    Lightbody, D.; Sherwood, J. N.; Eldrup, Morten Mostgaard

    1980-01-01

    The injection of positrons into crystalline adamantane results in the formation of positronium (Ps). At temperatures T> 400 K the mean lifetime of the long-lived ortho-positronium exhibits a sigmoidal increase with temperature characteristic of the trapping of this species in thermally created de...

  6. Lambda production in electron-positron annihilation at 29 GeV

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    Baden, A.R.

    1986-08-01

    The inclusive cross-secton for the production of the singly-strange baryons λ and anti λ, along with the differential cross-sections in momentum and energy, are measured by e + e - annihilation at a center-of-mass energy of 29GeV. The charged decay mode λ → pπ is used in a search for polarization. Such a polarization may be used as a check of CP invariance in λ production. The sample of events with two detected decays is analyzed for correlations in production angle. 43 refs., 44 figs

  7. Detection of atomic scale changes in the free volume void size of three-dimensional colorectal cancer cell culture using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy.

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    Axpe, Eneko; Lopez-Euba, Tamara; Castellanos-Rubio, Ainara; Merida, David; Garcia, Jose Angel; Plaza-Izurieta, Leticia; Fernandez-Jimenez, Nora; Plazaola, Fernando; Bilbao, Jose Ramon

    2014-01-01

    Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) provides a direct measurement of the free volume void sizes in polymers and biological systems. This free volume is critical in explaining and understanding physical and mechanical properties of polymers. Moreover, PALS has been recently proposed as a potential tool in detecting cancer at early stages, probing the differences in the subnanometer scale free volume voids between cancerous/healthy skin samples of the same patient. Despite several investigations on free volume in complex cancerous tissues, no positron annihilation studies of living cancer cell cultures have been reported. We demonstrate that PALS can be applied to the study in human living 3D cell cultures. The technique is also capable to detect atomic scale changes in the size of the free volume voids due to the biological responses to TGF-β. PALS may be developed to characterize the effect of different culture conditions in the free volume voids of cells grown in vitro.

  8. Detection of Atomic Scale Changes in the Free Volume Void Size of Three-Dimensional Colorectal Cancer Cell Culture Using Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy

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    Castellanos-Rubio, Ainara; Merida, David; Garcia, Jose Angel; Plaza-Izurieta, Leticia; Fernandez-Jimenez, Nora; Plazaola, Fernando; Bilbao, Jose Ramon

    2014-01-01

    Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) provides a direct measurement of the free volume void sizes in polymers and biological systems. This free volume is critical in explaining and understanding physical and mechanical properties of polymers. Moreover, PALS has been recently proposed as a potential tool in detecting cancer at early stages, probing the differences in the subnanometer scale free volume voids between cancerous/healthy skin samples of the same patient. Despite several investigations on free volume in complex cancerous tissues, no positron annihilation studies of living cancer cell cultures have been reported. We demonstrate that PALS can be applied to the study in human living 3D cell cultures. The technique is also capable to detect atomic scale changes in the size of the free volume voids due to the biological responses to TGF-β. PALS may be developed to characterize the effect of different culture conditions in the free volume voids of cells grown in vitro. PMID:24392097

  9. Positron annihilation in gaseous nitrided cold-rolled FeNiTi films

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    Chechenin, NG; van Veen, A; Galindo, RE; Schut, H; Chezan, A; Boerma, DO; Triftshauser, W; Kogel, G; Sperr, P

    2001-01-01

    Positron beam analysis (PBA) was performed on cold-rolled Fe0.94Ni0.04Ti0.02 foils, which were subjected to different thermal treatments in an atmosphere of a gas mixture of NH3+H-2 (nitriding). The nitriding of the samples in the alpha -region (alphaN) of Lehrer diagram for the Fe-N system produced

  10. Postirradiation recovery of a reactor pressure vessel steel investigated by positron annihilation and microhardness measurements

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    Pareja, R.; Diego, N. De; Cruz, R.M. de la; Del Rio, J.

    1993-01-01

    Positron lifetime and microhardness measurements have been performed on untreated, thermal-aged, neutron-irradiated, and postirradiation-annealed samples of reactor pressure vessel steels with the purpose of investigating the mechanisms of irradiation-induced hardening and recovery of the mechanical properties in these materials. The positron lifetime experiments have not revealed any evidence of the formation of a significant concentration of voids or vacancy clusters in samples irradiated at ∼290 C with fluences ≤2.71 x 10 23 n/m 2 (E>1 MeV), but they suggest a dislocation annealing induced by the irradiation. Isochronal annealing experiments with neutron-irradiated samples show a simultaneous recovery in their positron lifetime and microhardness at ∼340 C. From the microhardness measurements, the yield strength of the irradiated material has been estimated. The results appear to be consistent with a model of hardening due to irradiation-induced dissolution of precipitates with formation of small metastable precipitates after postirradiation aging and recovery induced by the disappearance of these metastable precipitates

  11. Positron annihilation study of the electronic structure of URu.sub.2./sub.Si.sub.2./sub.: Fermi surface and hidden order parameter

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    Biasini, M.; Rusz, Ján; Mills, A.

    2009-01-01

    Roč. 79, č. 8 (2009), 085115/1-085115/10 ISSN 1098-0121 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100520 Keywords : positron annihilation * 2D-ACAR * URu 2 Si 2 * density functional theory * hidden order * Fermi surface Subject RIV: BE - Theoretical Physics Impact factor: 3.475, year: 2009 http://prb.aps.org/abstract/PRB/v79/i8/e085115

  12. Positron annihilation spectroscopy studies of bronze exposed to sandblasting at different pressure

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    Kurdyumov, S.; Siemek, K.; Horodek, P.

    2017-11-01

    An application of Doppler broadening of annihilation line spectroscopy to samples of beryllium bronze DIN-CuBe2 exposed to sandblasting is presented in performed studies. It is familiar that sandblasting introduces open-volume defects. Samples were sandblasted under different pressure for 1 minute using 110 μm particles of Al2O3. For a non-defected sample the constant value of S-parameter was detected. In the cases of sandblasted samples, S-parameter decreased when the depth enhanced. In our studies the thicknesses of defected zones were determined (it was c.a. 30 μm for a sample blasted under pressure of 1 bar and 110 μm – for 5 bar), and it was also observed that if sandblasting pressure is higher the defected zone is larger.

  13. Generalized threshold resummation in inclusive DIS and semi-inclusive electron-positron annihilation

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    Almasy, A.A.; Lo Presti, N.A.; Vogt, A.

    2015-11-01

    We present analytic all-order results for the highest three threshold logarithms of the space-like and time-like off-diagonal splitting functions and the corresponding coefficient functions for inclusive deep-inelastic scattering (DIS) and semi-inclusive e + e - annihilation. All these results, obtained through an order-by-order analysis of the structure of the corresponding unfactorized quantities in dimensional regularization, can be expressed in terms of the Bernoulli functions introduced by one of us and leading-logarithmic soft-gluon exponentials. The resulting numerical corrections are small for the splitting functions but large for the coefficient functions. In both cases more terms in the threshold expansion need to be determined in order to arrive at quantitatively reliable results.

  14. Effect of electron-irradiation on the free volume of PEEK studied by positron annihilation

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    Kobayashi, Y.; Haraya, K.; Hattori, S.; Sasuga, T.

    1994-01-01

    A good linear correlation was found between the size of a cavity where ortho-positronium (o-Ps) annihilates by the pick-off mechanism and the total free volume of molecular liquids and polymers. Based on the correlation, the free volume of poly(aryl ether-ether ketone) (PEEK) was evaluated as a function of electron irradiation dose and the result was compared with that obtained from gas diffusivity measurements. It was found that the effect of irradiation on the free volume of PEEK was rather small; the free volume was decreased only by a few percent (relative value) when the samples were irradiated with a dose of 50 MGy in air. ((orig.))

  15. Study of the effect of ionizing radiation on the structure of natural rubber latex by positron annihilation technique

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    Lopez Saldana, I.R.

    1993-01-01

    At the present research, were studied the changes in natural rubber latex structure, due to electron beam by a 3 MeV, 25 m A Dynamitron electron accelerator. The natural rubber latex was irradiated at 30, 40 and 50 kGy/s dose rate, over a total dose range from 150 to 250 kGy, for each dose rate used. From natural rubber latex irradiated films were prepared by casting with 0.7 mm. thickness. In the main part, the study was made by positron annihilation lifetime (PAL), this technique is unique in the determination of free-volume properties due to the fact that positronium atom (Ps) is found to be preferentially localized in the free-volume region of polymeric materials. The positron lifetime measurements were performing using a gamma-gamma coincidence system. These results were analyzed by PATFIT-88 program computer into three components, the long-lived component for orthopositronium (o-Ps) with parameters lifetime (τ 3 ) and formation intensity (I 3 ), were plotted and analyzed for each dose rate and total dose used. Besides with τ 3 were calculated the mean free-volume size based on the spherical model for the free-volume bubble, found that the free-volume decrease slightly with the total dose due to the crosslinking of natural rubber latex. Besides was studied the effect of dose rate on tensile strength, the tensile strength is increased with the total dose although there was not a clear effect due to the dose rate. Also the films were subjected to aging in order to determined the thermal stability of natural rubber latex irradiated, the results show that the films have good stability. Besides was used the infrared spectroscopy to determine the changes due to the crosslinking by variations in the characteristically absorption bands for cis 1,4-polyisoprene. (Author)

  16. Determinations of phase transitions in nylon 6-12, nylon-6, polyvinyl chloride and polyethylene terephthalate by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Camacho Reyes, M.J.

    1993-01-01

    Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) was used to investigate the phase transitions, mainly the glass transition, of poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC), Nylon-6,12, Nylon-6, poly(ethylene terephthalate) during the thermal treatment of these polymers. The longest lived component lifetime and intensity, indicative of ortho-Positronium pick-off exhibit thermal dependencies that can be attributed to the anticipated free volume changes associated with structural transitions. Positron lifetime measurements were performed using an E G and G Ortec standard fast-fast coincidence system. Three spectra were collected at each temperature, each consisting of a peak height of approximately 25000 counts. The resulting spectra were consistently modeled with a three component fit using the computer program PATFIT. For nylon-6,12, nylon-6, PVC systems three transitions were obtained in both tau-3 and I-3 as a function of temperature. Changes in the slope of the curves appear for both parameters, these could be attributed to T g1 , T g2 and T c , respectively. In the case of PET analysis two transitions were obtained as is shown by the variations of tau-3 as a function of the heating temperature. These transitions can be attributed to T g1 and T g2 . Similar changes can be observed for I-3 in relation with temperature. Glass transition behavior was evident in the lifetime behavior of polymers. Increases in slope of the lifetime temperature plots were interpreted free-volume cavity expansion as temperature is increased. The intensity responses in the vicinity of the upper glass transition were consistent with the association of this transition with the reduction of crystalline constraint of segmental mobility in the amorphous phase. (Author)

  17. Positron Annihilation Ratio Spectroscopy Study of Electric Fields Applied to Positronium at Material Interfaces

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    2011-03-01

    is used. The digital PsARS system at AFIT consists of a thallium -doped NaI scintillation ring that is 18 cm long, has a 20 cm diameter, and a...positrons could interact with. Fishing line was strung across the vertical and horizontal holes to create a square of line in the middle that will...capillary tube in the center of the vacuum chamber. Across the vertical and horizontal holes is strung fishing wire to hold the capillary tube in

  18. Annihilation probability density and other applications of the Schwinger multichannel method to the positron and electron scattering; Densidade de probabilidade de aniquilacao e outras aplicacoes do metodo multicanal de Schwinger ao espalhamento de positrons e eletrons

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    Varella, Marcio Teixeira do Nascimento

    2001-12-15

    We have calculated annihilation probability densities (APD) for positron collisions against He atom and H{sub 2} molecule. It was found that direct annihilation prevails at low energies, while annihilation following virtual positronium (Ps) formation is the dominant mechanism at higher energies. In room-temperature collisions (10{sup -2} eV) the APD spread over a considerable extension, being quite similar to the electronic densities of the targets. The capture of the positron in an electronic Feshbach resonance strongly enhanced the annihilation rate in e{sup +}-H{sub 2} collisions. We also discuss strategies to improve the calculation of the annihilation parameter (Z{sub eff} ), after debugging the computational codes of the Schwinger Multichannel Method (SMC). Finally, we consider the inclusion of the Ps formation channel in the SMC and show that effective configurations (pseudo eigenstates of the Hamiltonian of the collision ) are able to significantly reduce the computational effort in positron scattering calculations. Cross sections for electron scattering by polyatomic molecules were obtained in three different approximations: static-exchange (SE); tatic-exchange-plus-polarization (SEP); and multichannel coupling. The calculations for polar targets were improved through the rotational resolution of scattering amplitudes in which the SMC was combined with the first Born approximation (FBA). In general, elastic cross sections (SE and SEP approximations) showed good agreement with available experimental data for several targets. Multichannel calculations for e{sup -} -H{sub 2}O scattering, on the other hand, presented spurious structures at the electronic excitation thresholds (author)

  19. Detailed positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopic investigation of atrazine imprinted polymers grafted onto PE/PP non-woven fabrics.

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    Söylemez, Meshude Akbulut; Güven, Olgun

    2018-01-01

    This study presents the preparation of molecularly imprinted matrices by using radiation-induced grafting technique onto polyethylene/polypropylene (PE/PP) non-woven fabrics. Atrazine imprinted polymers were grafted onto PE/PP non-woven fabrics through the use of methacrylic acid (MAA) and ethylene glycol dimethylacrylate (EGDMA) as the functional monomer and crosslinking agent, respectively. Grafted MIPs were characterized by attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), elemental analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS). The average diameter of free volume holes was determined as 0.612 nm which correlates very well with the size of template molecule atrazine, 0.512 nm. Binding behaviors were investigated against various factors, such as concentration of template molecule, pH, and contact time. Furthermore, the specific selectivity of grafted MIP on non-woven fabric was studied by using other common triazine compounds, such as simazine and metribuzine which show structural similarities to atrazine. The specific binding values for atrazine, simazine, and metribuzine were determined as 40%, 2.5%, and 1.5%, respectively. Copyright © 2017 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  20. Free volume of mixed cation borosilicate glass sealants elucidated by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy and its correlation with glass properties

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    Ojha, Prasanta K.; Rath, Sangram K.; Sharma, Sandeep K.; Sudarshan, Kathi; Pujari, Pradeep K.; Chongdar, Tapas K.; Gokhale, Nitin M.

    2015-01-01

    The role of La+3/Sr+2 ratios, which is varied from 0.08 to 5.09, on density, molar volume, packing fraction, free volume, thermal and electrical properties in strontium lanthanum aluminoborosilicate based glass sealants intended for solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) applications is evaluated. The studies reveal expansion of the glass network evident from increasing molar volume and decreasing packing fraction of glasses with progressive La+3 substitutions. The molecular origin of these macroscopic structural features can be accounted for by the free volume parameters measured from positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS). The La+3 induced expanded glass networks show increased number of subnanoscopic voids with larger sizes, as revealed from the ortho-positronium (o-Ps) lifetime and its intensity. A remarkably direct correspondence between the molar volume and fractional free volume trend is established with progressive La2O3 substitution in the glasses. The effect of these structural changes on the glass transition temperature, softening temperature, coefficient of thermal expansion, thermal stability as well as electrical conductivity has been studied.

  1. Dependence of alpha particle track diameter on the free volume holes size using positron annihilation lifetime technique

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    El-Gamal, S. [Physics Department, Faculty of Education, Ain Shams University, Roxy, 11711 Cairo (Egypt); Abdalla, Ayman M., E-mail: aymanabdalla62@hotmail.com [Physics Department, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Najran University, Najran (Saudi Arabia); Centre for Advanced Materials and Nano-Engineering, Najran University, Najran 11001 (Saudi Arabia); Abdel-Hady, E.E. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Minia University, BO 61519, Minia (Egypt)

    2015-09-15

    The alpha particle track diameter dependence of the free volume holes size (V{sub f}) in DAM–ADC and CR-39 nuclear track detectors was investigated using positron annihilation lifetime technique. The effect of temperature on the alpha particle track diameter and free volume were also investigated in the T-range (RT-130 °C). The obtained results revealed that the values of ortho-positronium lifetime τ{sub 3} and V{sub f} increases while I{sub 3} slightly increases as T increases for the two detectors. The values of τ{sub 3}, V{sub f} and I{sub 3} are higher in CR-39 than DAM–ADC. The interpretation of obtained results is based on the fact that increasing T leads to significant enhancement of thermal expansion of the polymer matrix and consequently V{sub f} increases. The track diameter increases as T increases. This can be explained by the fact that the increase in T increases the crystal size and V{sub f} in the polymer. A relationship between V{sub f} and the alpha particle track diameter was obtained. Moreover results of detector irradiation, along with free volume evaluation are addressed and thoroughly discussed.

  2. Free volume evolution in 50 MeV Li3+ ion-irradiated polymers studied by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy

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    Singh, Paramjit; Kumar, Rajesh; Prasad, Rajendra

    2013-02-01

    This article is aimed at studying the effect of ion irradiation on free volume of polyethersulphone (PES) and polyamide nylon-6 (PN-6) polymers by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS). Free volume properties of polymeric materials change with swift heavy ion irradiation. Free volume is found to have a strong correlation with the macroscopic properties of the polymer. PALS has recently emerged as a unique non-destructive and non-interfering nano-probe, capable of measuring the free volume hole size in polymers with high detection efficiency. PES and PN-6 polymer films of thickness of 250 μm were irradiated with Li3+ ions of energy 50 MeV from the 15 UD Pelletron accelerator at the Inter University Accelerator Centre, New Delhi, India. PES films were irradiated to the fluences of 1011, 1012, 1013 and 1014 ions/cm2, whereas PN-6 films were irradiated to the fluences of 1011, 1012 and 1013 ions/cm2. The average free volume and fractional free volume obtained from the long-lived component, attributed to ortho-positronium lifetime, are found to vary with the variation of fluence in both the cases.

  3. Positron annihilation lifetime and Doppler broadening study in 50 MeV Li{sup 3+} ion irradiated polystyrene films

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    Asad Ali, S., E-mail: asadapd@yahoo.co [Department of Applied Physics, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh 202002 (India); Kumar, Rajesh [Department of Physics, University School of Basic and Applied Sciences, G.G.S.I.P University, New Delhi 110403 (India); Nambissan, P.M.G. [Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, 1/AF, Bidhan Nagar, Kolkata 700064 (India); Singh, F. [Inter-University Accelerator Centre, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi 110067 (India); Prasad, Rajendra [Department of Applied Physics, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh 202002 (India); Vivekananda College of Technology and Management, Aligarh 202002 (India)

    2010-06-15

    Swift heavy ion (SHI) irradiation of polymeric materials results in the change of their free volume properties which have strong correlation with their macroscopic properties. The modification depends on the polymer and ion beam parameters, namely ion energy, fluence and ion species. Polystyrene films were irradiated with Li{sup 3+} ions of energy 50 MeV from 15 UD Pelletron accelerators at Inter University Accelerator Centre (IUAC), New Delhi, India to the fluences of 10{sup 11}, 10{sup 12} and 10{sup 13} ions/cm{sup 2}. Nanosized free volume parameters in the polymer have been studied by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) and Doppler broadening spectroscopy (DBS). From o-Ps lifetime {tau}{sub 3,} free volume hole radius, mean free volume of microvoids and fractional free volume are computed and modification in free volume with the fluence is studied. Free volume parameters change slowly with ion fluence with a decrease at the highest fluence of 10{sup 13} ions/cm{sup 2}. The decrease in {tau}{sub 3} and I{sub 3} (reflecting the number of free volume holes) may be interpreted on the process of cross-linking. S parameter obtained from DBS measurements showed a minor decrease with increasing fluence.

  4. Diffuse 0.511 MeV line emission and the distribution of positron annihilation in the galaxy

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    Skibo, J. G.; Ramaty, R.; Leventhal, M.

    1992-01-01

    We model the distribution in the Galaxy of 0.511 MeV line emission and the implied positron annihilation using plausible distributions based on observations at other photon energies. We use 0.511 MeV line observations from the Galactic center and from directions away from the Galactic center to normalize the two-dimensional 0.511 MeV sky maps. We find that in order to understand all of the available data it is necessary to invoke the presence of a time-variable component of 0.511 MeV line emission in addition to an underlying diffuse component. The large 0.511 MeV fluxes observed with broad field of view detectors, such as the SMM gamma-ray spectrometer, can be reconciled with the small fluxes seen with narrow field-of-view instruments (GRIS and OSSE) from directions away from the Galactic center if the diffuse emission follows the distribution of Galactic novae for which the recently detected 0.511 MeV line emission from the Galactic center with OSSE is predominantly of diffuse origin. For future GRIS and HEXAGONE observations from the direction of the Galactic center we predict a minimum 0.511 MeV line flux of (6.0 +/- 0.9) x 10 exp -4 photons/sq cm/s.

  5. A positron annihilation study on the microstructure of the interpenetration polymer networks of cyanate ester resin/epoxy resin

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    Qi Chenze; Li Chunqing; Zeng Minfeng; Zhang Jian; Wang Baoyi

    2010-01-01

    Cyanate ester (CE) resin was blended with epoxy resin (EP) at different mass ratios (CE/EP: 100/0, 90/10, 70/30, 50/50, 30/70, 10/90, 0/100). The free volume size of CE/EP IPNs has been determined by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS). The size decreased as the epoxy resin content increased. The PALS results are consistent with the chemical structure changes for the copolymerizing between CE and EP. The crosslinking units of curing products (oxazoline, oxazolidinone, and polyether network) of the blends are all smaller in size than those of triazine ring structure from neat CE. Therefore, the free volume size of the blends decreases with increase of EP content. Examination of the mechanical properties, thermal stability, and morphology of the blend systems showed that addition of epoxy resin resulted in improved toughness but a little sacrifice in thermal stability when compared with pure CE. The correlations between the free volume properties and physical properties (thermal stability and mechanical properties) have been discussed.

  6. Positron annihilation spectroscopic study of high performance semi-interpenetrating network polyimids

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    Ray, Asit K.

    1995-01-01

    Semi-interpenetrating (S-IPN) network polyimids were made from different proportions of LaRC RP46 (a thermosetpolyimid) and LaRC BDTA-ODA (a thermoplastic polyimid). The ultimate goal of this networking is to improve the mechanical properties of the thermoset polyimid. Positron lifetime study was made to calculate lifetime based on second component of the life time spectra and the free volume & microvoid size. All these properties tend to decrease steadily with increasing thermoset content except at the 50 percent thermoset level where these properties show sudden drop. This result contradicts with the initial expectation that the blend properties should change gradually if it were a solid solution of thermoset (TSP) and thermoplastic (TPP) components. Thermal analyses (TMA, DSC, DMA & TGA) were run to complement the positron life time studies. The TMA and DSC studies confirm the contradiction mentioned above. Further experimentation with S-IPN polymers made at TSP/TTP content around 50/50 level are being conducted to explain this anomaly. Scanning electron microscope study of the S-IPN polyimid samples is under way in order to detect morphological differences which might help explain the phenomenon mentioned above.

  7. Future directions of positron annihilation spectroscopy in low-k dielectric films

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    Gidley, D.W.; Vallery, R.S.; Liu, M.; Peng, H.G.

    2007-01-01

    Positronium Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy (PALS) has become recognized in the microelectronics industry as one of only several methods capable of quantitatively characterizing engineered nanopores in next-generation (k < 2.2) interlayer dielectric (ILD) thin films. Successes and shortcomings of PALS to date will be assessed and compared with other methods of porosimetry such as ellipsometric and X-ray porosimetries (EP and XRP). A major theme in future low-k research focuses on the ability to integrate porous ILD's into chip fabrication; the vulnerability of porous dielectrics to etching, ashing, and chemical-mechanical polishing in process integration is delaying the introduction of ultra-low-k films. As device size approaches 45 nm the need to probe very small (sub-nanometer), semi-isolated pores beneath thin diffusion barriers is even more challenging. Depth-profiled PALS with its ability to determine a quantitative pore interconnection length and easily resolve 0.3 nm pores beneath diffusion barriers or in trench-patterned dielectrics should have a bright future in porous ILD research. The ability of PALS (and PAS in general) to deduce evolution and growth of pores with porosity should find broad applicability in the emerging field of high performance materials with strategically engineered nanopores. (copyright 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  8. Positrons and positronium

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    Jean, Y.C.; Lambrecht, R.M.

    1988-01-01

    This bibliography includes articles, proceedings, abstracts, reports and patents published between 1930 and 1984 on the subject of positrons, positron annihilation and positronium. The subject covers experimental and theoretical results in the areas of physics and chemistry of low and intermediate energy (< 0.6 MeV) positrons and positronium. The topics of interest are: fundamental properties, interactions with matter, nuclear technology, the history and philosophy of antimatter, the theory of the universe, and the applications of positrons in the chemical, physical, and biomedical sciences

  9. Phenomenal changes in isotactic polypropylene due to proton irradiation - a positron annihilation study

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    Ravi Chandran, T.S.G.; Lobo, Blaise; Ranganath, M.R.; Gopal, S.; Padma, Gopalan

    1997-01-01

    Full text: Isotactic polypropylene has a higher softening point, rigidity and hardness but is of low density. Due to its acceptability, it is widely used in medical appliances. It would have been highly inert, but for its tertiary carbon atoms, which are reactive sites for oxidation. Hence antioxidants play a dominant role in it as a stabiliser. Besides it is observed that crosslinking and bond cleavage compete with each other and their relative domination seem to depend on the energy and rate of the irradiation beam. Commercial grade polypropylene was irradiated with a 10 MeV degraded to 3 MeV, proton beam at the Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Calcutta, to a dose of 1.2 X 10 15 ions/cm 2 in vacuum ( 10 -9 torr ) at a low current rate of 45 nA. Positron lifetime measurements were performed after 1 year of irradiation to study the effect of long lived radicals and the spectra analysed for a four component free fit successfully. The longest lived lifetime (τ 4 ) and intensity ( I 4 )components which indicate changes in the amorphous region is shown in the figures for both irradiated and as-received samples, and the results obtained are prominently different. Intensity I 4 of the unirradiated sample though varies in a small way, that of the irradiated sample drops rapidly to a very low value at about 110 degC implying an increase in crystallinity. Interestingly, beyond 140 degC all components of positron lifetime parameters become similar for the two samples. These observations in proton irradiated polypropylene are quite different from the earlier observations, while those of unirradiated are similar

  10. Positron collisions with molecular hydrogen: cross sections and annihilation parameters calculated using the R-matrix with pseudo-states method

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    Zhang Rui; Franz, Jan; Tennyson, Jonathan [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT (United Kingdom); Baluja, K L, E-mail: j.tennyson@ucl.ac.uk [Department of Physics and Astrophysics University of Delhi, Delhi 110 007 (India)

    2011-01-14

    The molecular R-matrix with pseudo-states (MRMPS) method is employed to study positron collisions with H{sub 2}. The calculations employ pseudo-continuum orbital sets containing up to h (l = 5) functions. Use of these high l functions is found to give converged eigenphase sums. Below the positronium formation threshold, the calculated cross sections agree with other high-accuracy theories and generally with the measurements. Calculation of the positron annihilation parameter Z{sub eff} with the MRMPS wavefunctions gives values significantly higher than other R-matrix wavefunctions but still do not completely converge with h functions. Extrapolation to higher l-values leads to a predicted value of Z{sub eff} for H{sub 2} of about 10.4. The MRMPS method is both completely general and ab initio; it can therefore be applied to positron collisions with other molecular targets.

  11. The half-metallic ferromagnet NiMnSb; a positron-annihilation study

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    Hanssen, K.

    1988-04-01

    The electronic structure of NiMnSb is investigated by means of spin-polarized measurements of the angular correlation of annihilation radiation. NiMnSb is predicted to be a half-metallic ferromagnet. The experimental set-up and the application of the Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker (KKR) method to the calculation of the two-photon momentum density are discussed. To interpret the experimental data, the electronic structure, the Fermi surface and the two-photon momentum density have been calculated according to the KKR method. The calculations, based on self-consistent potentials evaluated according to the augmented-spherical-wave method, were performed scalar-relativistically. From the measured distribution the sum and difference of the spin-dependent momentum densities are obtained once integrated along three different directions in p(over→) space, namely , and . The distributions show a clear impression of the majority-spin Fermi-surface. A good quantitative agreement between theory and experiment is established. From this analysis a value for the 'three-photon-difference effect' in NiMnSb is established of (8.4±0.1).10 -3 . To test in particular the half-metallic nature of the band structure the experimental distributions are compared with theoretical ones obtained from modelled band structures in which small numbers of electrons near the Fermi level are transferred from one spin population to the other. The best agreement is obtained for a band occupation in which no electrons are transferred, i.e. for the half-metallic state

  12. The half-metallic ferromagnet NiMnSb a positron-annihilation study

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    Hanssen, K.E.H.M.

    1988-01-01

    The electronic structure of NiMnSb is investigated by means of spin-polarized measurements of the angular correlation of annihilation radiation. NiMnSb is predicted to be a half metallic ferromagnet: the electrons of one spin direction are metallic, whereas the electrons of the opposite spin direction are semiconducting. The key question underlying this thesis was whether this is indeed true. After a general introduction the angular correlation set-up is described. The measurements are performed in a two-dimensional geometry, so that both angles in the angular correlation could be resolved. The measured distributions correspond to once-integrated two-photon momentum densities. By making use of the inherent partial polarization of the position beam and by aligning the electron-spin populations in the sample by means of an external magnetic field spin-polarized results can be obtained. After a short summary of the treatment of the (raw) angular-correlation data. The application of the Knorringa-Kohn-Rostoker (KKR) formalism to the calculation of the two-photon momentum density is discussed. To interpret the NiMnSb data, the electronic structure, the Fermi surface and the two-photon momentum densities have been obtained once integrated along three different directions inimpulse space. The difference distributions show a clear impression of the majority-spin Fermi surface. A good quantitative overall agreement between theory and experiment is established. From this analysis a value for the three-photon difference effect in NiMnSb has been obtained. To test the half-metallic nature of the band structure the experimental distributions are compared with theoretical ones obtained from modelled band structures in which small numbers of electrons near the Fermi level are transported from one spin population to the other. 167 refs.; 27 figs.; 7 tabs

  13. Scaling behavior of free-volume holes in polymers probed by positron annihilation

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    Wang, C. L.; Wang, S. J.

    1995-04-01

    Positron lifetimes in polybutadiene (PB) and polypropylene (PP) are measured as functions of temperature in the range 95-305 K and 95-370 K, respectively. From the variations of ortho-positronium (o-Ps) lifetime τ3, we have determined the glass transition temperatures Tg in PB and PP and the excluding temperature Te in PB, beyond which the o-Ps lifetime τ3 in PB is saturated. From the analogy of the temperature-dependent o-Ps intensity I3 in PB and PP, high- and low-density polyethylene (HDPE and LDPE), we propose that above the glass transition temperature Tg the o-Ps intensity I3 exhibits the scaling relation I3~(T-Tg)β in these polymers. The data also indicate the existence of a crossover temperature Tc, located above Tg, where the β value changes greatly. When TgHDPE and LDPE [D. Lin and S. J. Wang, J. Phys. Condens. Matter 4, 3331 (1992)]. The β values in the region of TcHDPE and branched LDPE, respectively. These results reveal a common picture of hole creation above Tg in polymers, however, the concrete value of β may be associated with the branching structure of macromolecules.

  14. Investigation of Oxygen-Induced Quenching of Phosphorescence in Photoexcited Aromatic Molecules by Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy

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    Singh, Jag J.; Eftekhari, Abe

    1996-01-01

    Platinum OctaEthyl Porphyrin (Pt.OEP) is an efficient phosphor under ultraviolet excitation. The phosphorescent triplet state P(T(Sup 1)) is readily quenched by the oxygen O2 molecules. This phenomenon is being utilized as the basis for global air pressure measurements in aerodynamic facilities at various laboratories. The exact mechanism by which O2 molecules quench the P(T(Sup 1) approaches P(S(Sub O)) transitions is still unknown. The diamagnetic singlet states P(S(Sub n)), which feed P(T(Sub 1)) states via intersystem crossings, would presumably not be affected by O2. It must be only the magnetic P(T(Sub 1)) states, which can interact with the paramagnetic O2 molecules, that are affected. However, our positron lifetime and Doppler broadening studies suggest the formation of O2P(S(Sub n)), complexes which can also eventually reduce the population of the P(T(Sub 1)) states (i.e., quench phosphorescence). This reduction is possible because higher triplet states in (Pt.OEP) are admixed with the P(S(Sub 1)), states via spin orbit interactions. The experimental procedures and the results of various measurements are presented in this paper.

  15. Mechanism of phosphorescence quenching in photomagnetic molecules determined by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Singh, Jag J.; Eftekhari, A.; Naidu, S. V. N.

    1994-01-01

    Platinum Octaethyl Porphyrin (Pt.OEP) is an efficient phosphor under ultraviolet excitation. The phosphorescent triplet state (T(sub 1)) is readily quenched by the oxygen (O2) molecules. This phenomenon is being utilized as the basis for global air pressure measurements in aerodynamic facilities at various laboratories. The exact mechanism by which O2 molecules quench the (T(sub 1) - S(sub 0)) transitions is still unknown. The diamagnetic S(sub n) singlet states, which feed T(sub 1) states via intersystem crossings, would presumably not be affected by O2. It must be the magnetic T(sub 1) states, which can interact with the paramagnetic O2 molecules, that are affected. However, our positron lifetime and Doppler broadening studies suggest the formation of (S(sub n) central dot O2) complexes which can also eventually reduce the population of the T(sub 1) states (i.e. quench phosphorescence). This is possible since higher triplet states in (Pt.OEP) are admixed with the S(sub n) states via spin orbit interactions. The experimental procedures and the results of various measurements are discussed in this paper.

  16. Free volumes in bulk nanocrystalline metals studied by the complementary techniques of positron annihilation and dilatometry

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    Würschum, Roland; Oberdorfer, Bernd; Steyskal, Eva-Maria; Sprengel, Wolfgang; Puff, Werner; Pikart, Philip; Hugenschmidt, Christoph; Pippan, Reinhard

    2012-01-01

    Free-volume type defects, such as vacancies, vacancy-agglomerates, dislocations, and grain boundaries represent a key parameter in the properties of ultrafine-grained and nanocrystalline materials. Such free-volume type defects are introduced in high excess concentration during the processes of structural refinement by severe plastic deformation. The direct method of time-differential dilatometry is applied in the present work to determine the total amount and the kinetics of free volume by measuring the irreversible length change upon annealing of bulk nanocrystalline metals (Fe, Cu, Ni) prepared by high-pressure torsion (HPT). In the case of HPT-deformed Ni and Cu, distinct substages of the length change upon linear heating occur due to the loss of grain boundaries in the wake of crystallite growth. The data on dilatometric length change can be directly related to the fast annealing of free-volume type defects studied by in situ Doppler broadening measurements performed at the high-intensity positron beam of the FRM II (Garching, Munich, Germany). PMID:23471443

  17. Application of the Positron Annihilation Technique to the study of vapors absorption process in polyethylene (LDPE) and in imide polymer (6FDA-TMPD PI)

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    Sanchez Mendieta, V.

    1992-01-01

    It is well recognized that positron annihilation lifetime (PAL) spectra in polymers have a long-lived component that can be ascribed to ortho-positronium (o-Ps). The lifetime, τ 3 , is considered to be a measure of the size of the micro-vacancies in which o-Ps is trapped and is annihilated through pick-off annihilation with the rate which depends on the size of the vacancy. Positron lifetime measurements were performed for two different kinds of polymers (low density polyethylene and a polyimide (6FDA-TMPD) during sorption of various vapors (hexane, cyclohexane, benzene, acrylic acid, methyl acrylate, water and oxygen). The vapor sorption affected the long-lived component (ortho-positronium component) in a systematic way regardless of the kind of the vapor molecules, i.e. for the polyethylene both the lifetime and the intensity of the long-lived component were enhanced, while for the polyimide they were decreased significantly. These different effects are interpreted in terms of different states of sorbed molecules in rubbery (the polyethylene) and in glassy (the polyimide) polymers. (Author)

  18. Effect of water on glass transition in starch/sucrose matrices investigated through positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy: a new approach.

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    Sharma, Sandeep Kumar; Zaydouri, Abdelhadi; Roudaut, Gaëlle; Duplâtre, Gilles

    2011-11-21

    Glass transition is studied through positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) in maize starch matrices containing 10 (batch STS10) and 20 (STS20) w/w% sucrose, as a function of temperature (T) and water content (c(w)). To circumvent important losses of water upon heating while recording the PALS spectra, a new method is developed: instead of a series of measurements of τ(3), the triplet positronium lifetime, at different T, the latter is kept constant and the series relates to c(w), which is left to decrease at a constant rate. Similarly to the changes in τ(3) with T, the τ(3)vs. c(w) plots obtained show a smooth linear increase until a break, denoting the occurrence of glass transition, followed by a sharper increase. The gradients appear to be independent of T. The variation of the glass transition temperature, T(g), with c(w) shows a broad sigmoid with a large linear central part; as expected from the plasticising effect of sucrose, the plot for STS20 lies some 10 K below that for STS10. Results from differential scanning calorimetry for STS20 yield T(g) values some 15 K higher than from PALS. On the basis of the general shape of the τ(3)vs. T variations, a general equation is set for τ(3)(T, c(w)), leading one to expect a similar shape for τ(3)vs. c(w), as experimentally observed. This journal is © the Owner Societies 2011

  19. Study by the positron annihilation technique of Graft copolimerization of methyl methacrylate in polyethylene induced by gamma radiation

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    Zaldivar Gonzalez, M.E.

    1992-01-01

    Radiation initiated grafting is a very broad field which has attracted considerable interest over the last two decades. Graft copolymers may combine suitable properties of two polymeric components. Radiation methods are particulary appropiate for the production of a large variety of graft copolymers having interesting properties. Ionizing radiation has provided a convenient and clean method to activate a sustrate polymer and undoubtedly, it has added impetus to this field of research. In the present work, graft polymerization of methyl methacrylate (MMA) onto low density polyethylene (LDPE) was carried out. The effect of gamma ray irradiation dose on the grafting degree was investigated for two different methods: direct and preirradiation. The best method to prepare the copolymer for the LDPE film thickness studied: 0.05 and 0.2 mm., was direct method. In both polyethylene thickness, the grafting degree increased as a function of the reaction time. However, grafting for LDPE 0.2 mm. it is better, because the copolymer with that thickness conserve the main physical-chemistry properties of the LDPE along the different grafting degrees obtained, which it is important for practical purposes. Infrared spectroscopy was used to probe the changes ocurred in the LDPE structure with the graft of MMA, first spectrum showed typical bands for LDPE structure, while in the second spectrum new bands appeared which corresponded to PMMA structure grafted onto LDPE. Positron annihilation lifetime technique was applied to study the copolymer microstructure according to increase of grafting degree. O-PS lifetime and intensity tend to decrease. This behavior could be due to the diminution of free volume in the original LDPE matrix as grafting proceeds. Copolymer morphology was observed using optical microscopy (Author)

  20. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy study on the structural relaxation of phenylmethylsiloxane-modified epoxy hybrids at different aging temperatures

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    Hsu, Chia-Wen; Ma, Chen-Chi M.; Tan, Chung-Sung; Li, Hsun-Tien

    2015-01-01

    The cured network conformations and structural relaxation behaviours of the diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A (DGEBA)-methylhexahydrophthalic anhydride (MHHPA) modified with phenylmethylsiloxane-modified epoxy (PMSE) at different aging temperatures were studied using dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) and positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS). The DMA results revealed that the cured PMSE network can insert into the cured DGEBA network to form interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs). The structural relaxation behaviours of DGEBA–PMSE-0.4 produced using DGEBA, PMSE, and MHHPA at a ratio of 0.6:0.4:1 by equivalent weight were studied using PALS at 150 °C and 55 °C. The aging-induced free volume relaxation parameters of DGEBA–PMSE-0.4 at 150 °C and 55 °C were investigated using the double additive exponential model and the Kohlrausch–Williams–Watts exponential model. For double additive exponential model, only one relaxation time (ζ) of 584.5 h was found at 150 °C; By contrast, there were two separate relaxation times of 37.4 h (ζ 1 ) and 753.6 h (ζ 2 ) at 55 °C. The ζ 1 of the IPNs hybrid can be attributed to the network relaxation of PMSE, and the ζ 2 can be attributed to the network relaxation of DGEBA at 55 °C. The results suggested the double additive exponential model can effectively predict DGEBA–PMSE hybrid relaxation behaviours. - Highlights: • The cured network conformations of DGEBA–PMSE hybrids were studied using DMA. • The structural relaxation behaviours of DGEBA–PMSE hybrids were studied using PALS. • The cured DGEBA–PMSE hybrids were interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs). • PALS studies provided a quantitative demonstration of relaxation behaviours. • Double additive exponential model effectively predicted the relaxation times of hybrids

  1. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy study on the structural relaxation of phenylmethylsiloxane-modified epoxy hybrids at different aging temperatures

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    Hsu, Chia-Wen [Department of Chemical Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan (China); Material and Chemical Research Laboratories, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Hsinchu, Taiwan (China); Ma, Chen-Chi M., E-mail: ccma@che.nthu.edu.tw [Department of Chemical Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan (China); Tan, Chung-Sung [Department of Chemical Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan (China); Li, Hsun-Tien [Material and Chemical Research Laboratories, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Hsinchu, Taiwan (China)

    2015-07-15

    The cured network conformations and structural relaxation behaviours of the diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A (DGEBA)-methylhexahydrophthalic anhydride (MHHPA) modified with phenylmethylsiloxane-modified epoxy (PMSE) at different aging temperatures were studied using dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) and positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS). The DMA results revealed that the cured PMSE network can insert into the cured DGEBA network to form interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs). The structural relaxation behaviours of DGEBA–PMSE-0.4 produced using DGEBA, PMSE, and MHHPA at a ratio of 0.6:0.4:1 by equivalent weight were studied using PALS at 150 °C and 55 °C. The aging-induced free volume relaxation parameters of DGEBA–PMSE-0.4 at 150 °C and 55 °C were investigated using the double additive exponential model and the Kohlrausch–Williams–Watts exponential model. For double additive exponential model, only one relaxation time (ζ) of 584.5 h was found at 150 °C; By contrast, there were two separate relaxation times of 37.4 h (ζ{sub 1}) and 753.6 h (ζ{sub 2}) at 55 °C. The ζ{sub 1} of the IPNs hybrid can be attributed to the network relaxation of PMSE, and the ζ{sub 2} can be attributed to the network relaxation of DGEBA at 55 °C. The results suggested the double additive exponential model can effectively predict DGEBA–PMSE hybrid relaxation behaviours. - Highlights: • The cured network conformations of DGEBA–PMSE hybrids were studied using DMA. • The structural relaxation behaviours of DGEBA–PMSE hybrids were studied using PALS. • The cured DGEBA–PMSE hybrids were interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs). • PALS studies provided a quantitative demonstration of relaxation behaviours. • Double additive exponential model effectively predicted the relaxation times of hybrids.

  2. General relativistic ray-tracing algorithm for the determination of the electron-positron energy deposition rate from neutrino pair annihilation around rotating neutron and quark stars

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    Kovács, Z.; Harko, T.

    2011-11-01

    We present a full general relativistic numerical code for estimating the energy-momentum deposition rate (EMDR) from neutrino pair annihilation (?). The source of the neutrinos is assumed to be a neutrino-cooled accretion disc around neutron and quark stars. We calculate the neutrino trajectories by using a ray-tracing algorithm with the general relativistic Hamilton's equations for neutrinos and derive the spatial distribution of the EMDR due to the annihilations of neutrinos and antineutrinos around rotating neutron and quark stars. We obtain the EMDR for several classes of rotating neutron stars, described by different equations of state of the neutron matter, and for quark stars, described by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) bag model equation of state and in the colour-flavour-locked (CFL) phase. The distribution of the total annihilation rate of the neutrino-antineutrino pairs around rotating neutron and quark stars is studied for isothermal discs and accretion discs in thermodynamical equilibrium. We demonstrate both the differences in the equations of state for neutron and quark matter and rotation with the general relativistic effects significantly modify the EMDR of the electrons and positrons generated by the neutrino-antineutrino pair annihilation around compact stellar objects, as measured at infinity.

  3. The effect of electron irradiation on high-density polyethylene: Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray scattering studies

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    Zaydouri, A. [Laboratoire de Chimie-Physique et Rayonnement-Alain Chambaudet, UMR CEA E4, Universite de Franche Comte, 16 route de Gray, 25030 Besancon Cedex (France)], E-mail: zaydouri@hotmail.com; Grivet, M. [Laboratoire de Chimie-Physique et Rayonnement-Alain Chambaudet, UMR CEA E4, Universite de Franche Comte, 16 route de Gray, 25030 Besancon Cedex (France)], E-mail: manuel.grivet@univ-fcomte.fr

    2009-09-15

    Electron irradiation effects in HDPE have been studied using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy. In the four-component analysis of a spectrum, two long-lived states are ascribed to ortho-positronium (o-Ps) annihilation in the crystalline phase and in the amorphous phase. The study of the o-Ps parameters highlights the different behaviour of the two phases. From the o-Ps lifetime in the crystalline phase, it is shown that the effect of irradiation is larger at 250 kGy. Thermal analysis (DSC) reveals two different melting temperatures and also an increase in the fusion enthalpy, at 250 kGy. This phenomenon induced by an electron beam is erased by thermal treatment: fusion and re-crystallisation. However, before and after thermal treatment no changes are observed in the crystallite size and in the crystalline rate using wide-angle X-ray scattering.

  4. Positron annihilation in γ-irradiated 10 M NaOH glassy ice at 85 deg. K

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    Eldrup, Morten Mostgaard; Mogensen, O.; Kevan, L.

    1971-01-01

    Positron lifetime spectra in γ-irradiated 10 M NaOH glass at 85 ºK show no significant effect due to the presence of 1.7 to 7.0 × 1018 trapped electrons cm−3, i.e., positronium and positrons do not interact with trapped electrons in this matrix.......Positron lifetime spectra in γ-irradiated 10 M NaOH glass at 85 ºK show no significant effect due to the presence of 1.7 to 7.0 × 1018 trapped electrons cm−3, i.e., positronium and positrons do not interact with trapped electrons in this matrix....

  5. Positron annihilation spectroscopy of vacancy-related defects in CdTe:Cl and CdZnTe:Ge at different stoichiometry deviations

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    Šedivý, L.; Čížek, J.; Belas, E.; Grill, R.; Melikhova, O.

    2016-01-01

    Positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) was used to examine the effect of defined Cd-rich and Te-rich annealing on point defects in Cl-doped CdTe and Ge-doped CdZnTe semi-insulating single crystals. The as-grown crystals contain open-volume defects connected with Cd vacancies . It was found that the Cd vacancies agglomerate into clusters coupled with Cl in CdTe:Cl, and in CdZnTe:Ge they are coupled with Ge donors. While annealing in Cd pressure reduces of the density, subsequent annealing in Te pressure restores . The CdTe:Cl contains negatively-charged shallow traps interpreted as Rydberg states of A-centres and representing the major positron trapping sites at low temperature. Positrons confined in the shallow traps exhibit lifetime, which is shorter than the CdTe bulk lifetime. Interpretation of the PAS data was successfully combined with electrical resistivity, Hall effect measurements and chemical analysis, and allowed us to determine the principal point defect densities. PMID:26860684

  6. Impact of oxygen diffusion on superconductivity in YBa2Cu3O7 -δ thin films studied by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Reiner, M.; Gigl, T.; Jany, R.; Hammerl, G.; Hugenschmidt, C.

    2018-04-01

    The oxygen deficiency δ in YBa2Cu3O7 -δ (YBCO) plays a crucial role for affecting high-temperature superconductivity. We apply (coincident) Doppler broadening spectroscopy of the electron-positron annihilation line to study in situ the temperature dependence of the oxygen concentration and its depth profile in single crystalline YBCO film grown on SrTiO3 (STO) substrates. The oxygen diffusion during tempering is found to lead to a distinct depth dependence of δ , which is not accessible using x-ray diffraction. A steady state reached within a few minutes is defined by both, the oxygen exchange at the surface and at the interface to the STO substrate. Moreover, we reveal the depth-dependent critical temperature Tc in the as prepared and tempered YBCO film.

  7. Structure, electric properties and positron annihilation studies of CuZnFe2O4 doped with BaTiO3

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    Hemeda, O. M.; Mahmoud, K. R.; Sharshar, T.

    2014-08-01

    Composite materials of spinel CuZnFe2O4 ferrite (CZF) and barium titanate BaTiO3 (BT) were prepared by using the high-energy ball milling technique. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns of the composite system confirmed the composite preparation with two piezomagnetic and piezoelectric phases. The results of scanning electron microscope (SEM) measurements show a nearly homogeneous microstructure with good dispersion of BT grains as well as the presence of some pores. The positron annihilation lifetime (PAL) is used to probe the defects and structural changes of the BT-CZF composites. The PAL parameters ( , I1, , I2 and mean lifetime) show that the doped BT content affects the size and concentration of the vacant type defects.

  8. Inclusive momentum and angular distributions from electron positron annihilation at √s = 3.0, 3.8, and 4.8 GeV

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    Hollebeek, R.

    1975-05-01

    Inclusive features of multi-hadron final states produced in the annihilations of electrons and positrons are presented. Data were taken at the colliding beam machine, SPEAR, at center-of-mass energies 3.0 GeV, 3.8 GeV, and 4.8 GeV. Reaction products were detected in an approximately 20 m 3 collection of spark chambers and counters, cylindrically arranged, in an axial magnetic field of approximately 4 KG, around the e + e - intersection region. Distributions of single-particle momenta and production angle and two-particle correlations are presented and compared with dynamical models. The results are in disagreement with expectations based on the successful parton--quark model of hadron structure. No generally satisfactory interpretation is available. (U.S.)

  9. Drug release profiles and microstructural characterization of cast and freeze dried vitamin B12 buccal films by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy.

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    Szabó, Barnabás; Kállai, Nikolett; Tóth, Gergő; Hetényi, Gergely; Zelkó, Romána

    2014-02-01

    Solvent cast and freeze dried films, containing the water-soluble vitamin B12 as model drug were prepared from two polymers, sodium alginate (SA), and Carbopol 71G (CP). The proportion of the CP was changed in the films. The microstructural characterization of various samples was carried out by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS). The drug release kinetics of untreated and stored samples was evaluated by the conventionally applied semi-empirical power law. Correlation was found between the changes of the characteristic parameters of the drug release and the ortho-positronium (o-Ps) lifetime values of polymer samples. The results indicated that the increase of CP concentration, the freeze-drying process and the storage at 75% R.H. decreased the rate of drug release. The PALS method enabled the distinction between the micro- and macrostructural factors influencing the drug release profile of polymer films. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Study of free volumes of polymer hydrogel and -silicone-hydrogel contact lenses by means of the positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy method.

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    Filipecki, Jacek; Kocela, Agnieszka; Korzekwa, Witold

    2014-01-01

    Polymer materials based on hydrogel and silicone-hydrogel materials are commonly used in ophthalmology. It is important to research the structure of these materials, mainly the prevalence of free volumes. The study has been conducted in order to determine the presence of free volume gaps in the structure of polymer hydrogel and silicone-hydrogel contact lenses. In addition, to demonstrate differences in the occurrence of free volumes between types of represented contact lenses. Three different hydrogel and three different silicone-hydrogel polymer contact lenses were used as research material. The study was done by means of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS). As a result of the performed measurements, a graphical curve resulted which describes the relationship between the number of the annihilation acts in the time function. The study revealed the existence of three τ1, τ2 and τ3 components. Significant changes were observed in the ortho-positronium long life component τ3 and their intensities between the examined polymer contact lenses. The conducted study using the Tao-Eldrup model indicates the presence of free volume holes in all research materials. The results lead to the following connection: contact lenses of higher oxygen permeability coefficient (silicone-hydrogel contact lenses) have more and larger free volumes than contact lenses of less oxygen permeability coefficient (hydrogel contact lenses).

  11. Simulation calculations for the positron annihilation in aluminium alloys for the study of the segregate formation; Simulationsrechnungen zur Positronenannihilation in Aluminiumlegierungen zur Untersuchung der Ausscheidungsbildung

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    Korff, Bjoern

    2010-11-29

    Highly solid aluminium alloys owe their properties to small, finely distributed segregations of alloy atoms. For the better understanding of the temperature treatment, which is required in order to control the segregate formation, it is important, to determine informations on the first early stages from few atoms. In the positron-annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) positrons are trapped in the vacancies of a solid and yield at their annihilation with surrounding electrons informations from their direct environment. because the formation of segregates requires a diffusion of the extraneous atoms by means of the vacancies, the PAS represents one of the few examination methods, by which already the formation of smallest segregations can be observed. By the comparison of measurement quantities of the PAS with simulations for different possible arrangements of extraneous atoms around the vacancy the atomic environment of the vacancy can be identified. In order to make this possible also in aluminium alloys, in which the number of the possible defect types is relatively large, a good description of the measurement values by the simulation is especially important. In the framework of this thesis the program AB2D was developed, by which the Doppler shift of the annihilation radiation can be determined. Contrarily to already existing approaches here valence-electron wave functions are used, which were calculated with the program ABINIT. By this way the main uncertainty by the description of the valence electrons in atomic superposition is cancelled. Because ABINIT is based on pseudopotentials, the projector augmented-wave method is used in order to describe the higher momenta of the electrons near the nuclei more realistically. With AB2D simulations for vacancy-extraneous-atom complexes and segregation phases in the alloy systems Al-Cu, Al-Mg-Cu, and Al-Mg-Si were performed. A comparison with measurements on samples, which were only few minutes stored at room temperature

  12. Low-energy positron interactions with atoms and molecules

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    Surko, C M; Gribakin, G F; Buckman, S J

    2005-01-01

    This paper is a review of low-energy positron interactions with atoms and molecules. Processes of interest include elastic scattering, electronic and vibrational excitation, ionization, positronium formation and annihilation. An overview is presented of the currently available theoretical and experimental techniques to study these phenomena, including the use of trap-based positron beam sources to study collision processes with improved energy resolution. State-resolved measurements of electronic and vibrational excitation cross sections and measurement of annihilation rates in atoms and molecules as a function of incident positron energy are discussed. Where data are available, comparisons are made with analogous electron scattering cross sections. Resonance phenomena, common in electron scattering, appear to be less common in positron scattering. Possible exceptions include the sharp onsets of positron-impact electronic and vibrational excitation of selected molecules. Recent energy-resolved studies of positron annihilation in hydrocarbons containing more than a few carbon atoms provide direct evidence that vibrational Feshbach resonances underpin the anomalously large annihilation rates observed for many polyatomic species. We discuss open questions regarding this process in larger molecules, as well as positron annihilation in smaller molecules where the theoretical picture is less clear. (topical review)

  13. Measurements of Defect Structures by Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy of the Tellurite Glass 70TeO2-5XO-10P2O5-10ZnO-5PbF2(X = Mg, Bi2, Ti) Doped with Ions of the Rare Earth Element Er3.

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    Pach, K; Filipecki, J; Golis, E; Yousef, El S; Boyko, V

    2017-12-01

    The objective of the study was the structural analysis of the 70TeO 2 -5XO-10P 2 O 5 -10ZnO-5PbF 2 (X = Mg, Bi 2 , Ti) tellurite glasses doped with ions of the rare-earth elements Er 3+ , based on the PALS (positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy) method of measuring positron lifetimes. Values of positron lifetimes and the corresponding intensities may be connected with the sizes and number of structural defects, the sizes of which range from a few angstroms to a few dozen nanometers. Experimental positron lifetime spectrum revealed existence of two positron lifetime components τ 1 andτ 2 . Their interpretation was based on two-state positron trapping model where the physical parameters are the positron annihilation rate and positron trapping rate.

  14. Theory of positrons in solids and on solid surfaces

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    Puska, M.J.; Nieminen, R.M.

    1994-01-01

    Various experimental methods based on positron annihilation have evolved into important tools for researching the structure and properties of condensed matter. In particular, positron techniques are useful for the investigation of defects in solids and for the investigation of solid surfaces. Experimental methods need a comprehensive theory for a deep, quantitative understanding of the results. In the case of positron annihilation, the relevant theory includes models needed to describe the positron states as well as the different interaction processes in matter. In this review the present status of the theory of positrons in solids and on solid surfaces is given. The review consists of three main parts describing (a) the interaction processes, (b) the theory and methods for calculating positron states, and (c) selected recent results of positron studies of condensed matter

  15. Positron emission tomography

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    Paans, A M J

    2006-01-01

    Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a method for measuring biochemical and physiological processes in vivo in a quantitative way by using radiopharmaceuticals labelled with positron emitting radionuclides such as 11C, 13N, 15O and 18F and by measuring the annihilation radiation using a coincidence technique. This includes also the measurement of the pharmacokinetics of labelled drugs and the measurement of the effects of drugs on metabolism. Also deviations of normal metabolism can be measured and insight into biological processes responsible for diseases can be obtained. At present the combined PET/CT scanner is the most frequently used scanner for whole-body scanning in the field of oncology.

  16. Positron annihilation studies of icosahedral quasicrystals and their approximants in the Al-Cu-Ru-(Si) alloy systems

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    Uchiyama, H; Takahashi, T; Arinuma, K; Sato, K; Kanazawa, I; Hamada, E; Suzuki, T; Kirihara, K; Kimura, K

    2004-01-01

    The positron lifetimes for the icosahedral quasicrystal Al 62.4 Cu 25.4 Ru 12.2 and its cubic approximants (1/ 1-Al 58 Cu 31.5 Ru 10.5 , 1/ 1-Al 68 Cu 7 Ru 17 Si 8 , and 1/0-Al 55 Cu 15 Ru 20 Si 10 ), two-detector coincident Doppler broadening for the icosahedral quasicrystal Al 62.4 Cu 25.4 Ru 12.2 and its 1/ 1-Al 68 Cu 7 Ru 17 Si 8 cubic approximant, and the Doppler broadening obtained by making use of a slow positron beam for the 1/ 1-Al 58 Cu 31.5 Ru 10.5 cubic approximant have been measured. Structurally intrinsic trapping sites giving rise to saturation trapping were detected by lifetime measurements. The chemical environments of the trapping sites in the icosahedral quasicrystal Al 62.4 Cu 25.4 Ru 12.2 and the 1/ 1-Al 68 Cu 7 Ru 17 Si 8 cubic approximant were determined by coincident Doppler broadening techniques to be dominantly surrounded by Al atoms. The positron diffusion length in the 1/ 1-Al 58 Cu 31.5 Ru 10.5 cubic approximant derived from the measured S parameter measured by means of a slow positron beam was ∼ 180 A, which is clearly too short, probably due to the high concentration of trapping sites as described above. The atomic structures of the icosahedral quasicrystal Al 62.4 Cu 25.4 Ru 12.2 and its variety of approximants are discussed and compared to the present proposed model

  17. Properties of point defects either native or induced by irradiation in the 3C and 6H polytypes of silicon carbide determined by positron annihilation and EPR

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    Kerbiriou, X.

    2006-02-01

    Potential applications of silicon carbide (SiC) in micro-electronics have justified many studies on point defects, which play an important role in the electrical compensation. Moreover, this material has many assets to take part in the fissile materials confining in the gas cooled reactors of the future (4. generation). In this thesis, we have used Electronic Paramagnetic Resonance and Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy to study the properties of point defects (nature, size, charge state, migration and agglomeration during annealing), either native or induced by irradiation with various particles (H + , e - , carbon ions), in the 3C and 6H polytypes of SiC. The positron annihilation study of native defects in 6H-SiC has shown the presence of a strong concentration of non-vacancy traps of acceptor type, which are not present in the 3C-SiC crystals. The nature of the defects detected after irradiation with low energy electrons (190 keV) depends on the polytype. Indeed, while silicon Frenkel pairs and carbon mono-vacancies are detected in the 6H crystals, only carbon mono-vacancies are detected in the 3C crystals. We propose that these differences concerning the populations of detected point defects result from different values of the silicon displacement threshold energy for the two polytypes (approximately 20 eV for 6H and 25 V for 3C). In addition, the irradiations with 12 MeV protons and 132 MeV carbon ions have created silicon mono-vacancies as well as VSi-VC di-vacancies. Neither the particle (protons or ions carbon), nor the polytype (3C or 6H) influence the nature of the generated defects. Finally the study of the annealing of 6H-SiC monocrystals irradiated with 12 MeV protons have revealed several successive processes. The most original result is the agglomeration of the silicon mono-vacancies with the VSi-VC di-vacancies which leads to the formation of VSi-VC-VSi tri-vacancies. (author)

  18. Development of Electron-positron Screened Pseudopotential ...

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    In the jellium model, for electron-positron annihilation to take place, the positron must overcome the screened potential of the valence electrons. In this paper, we develop electron-positron screened pseudopotential to explain positron annihilation rate in metals. The results obtained show that there is a trend in the variation ...

  19. Effects of plasticizer and strain on the percolation threshold in polyisoprene-carbon nanocomposites: Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy and electrical resistance measurements

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    Knite, M.; Hill, A.J.; Pas, S.J.; Teteris, V.; Zavickis, J.

    2006-01-01

    A study of the effects of plasticizer and stretching strain on the percolation transition in polyisoprene-carbon nanocomposites (PCNC) is reported. The ortho-positronium (oPs) accessible free volume sites are measured by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) in relaxed and stretched PCNC samples containing different amounts of plasticizer. The lifetime of oPs, τ 3 , is related to the size of the free volume, and the intensity, I 3 , to the concentration of free volume sites. The number of free volume cavities is found to decrease during stretching regardless of the content of either carbon nanoparticles (CNP) or plasticizer. The free volume cavity size reaches its maximum value in the region of percolation transition. The percolation threshold is determined by measurements of electrical resistance (ERM). Both PALS and ERM show that the percolation threshold shifts to higher concentration of CNP under stretching strain. A shift of the percolation threshold to lower concentration of CNP was observed for addition of plasticizer. It is interesting that addition of CNP increases the mean size of free volume cavities below the percolation threshold and decreases it at CNP concentrations exceeding the percolation threshold. The relative number of free volume cavities represented by I 3 also decreases at CNP concentrations exceeding the percolation threshold. The results are interpreted as filling of cavities above the percolation threshold. ERM during application of cyclic tensile stress revealed fatigue of the tensoresistance effect in samples containing 10 m.p. of CNP with and without added plasticizer

  20. Study of vacancy-type defects by positron annihilation in ultrafine-grained aluminum severely deformed at room and cryogenic temperatures

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    Su, L.H.; Lu, C.; He, L.Z.; Zhang, L.C.; Guagliardo, P.; Tieu, A.K.; Samarin, S.N.; Williams, J.F.; Li, H.J.

    2012-01-01

    Commercial-purity aluminum was processed by equal-channel angular pressing (ECAP) at room temperature (RT-ECAP) and cryogenic temperature (CT-ECAP) with liquid nitrogen cooling between two successive passes. It was found that the RT-ECAPed samples showed equiaxed microstructure after 4 and 8 ECAP passes, while the CT-ECAPed samples displayed slightly elongated microstructure and slightly smaller grain size. Moreover, the CT-ECAPed samples had higher hardness values than the RT-ECAPed samples subjected to the same amount of deformation. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) was used to investigate the evolution of vacancy-type defects during the ECAP deformation process. The results showed that three types of defects existed in the ECAPed samples: vacancies associated with dislocations, bulk monovacancies and bulk divacancies. The CT-ECAPed samples had a higher fraction of monovacancies and divacancies. These two types of defects are the major vacancy-type defects that can work as dislocation pinning centers and induce hardening, resulting in higher hardness values in the CT-ECAPed samples. A quantitative relationship between material hardness and the defect concentration and defect diffusion coefficient has been established.

  1. Microstructural changes and effect of variation of lattice strain on positron annihilation lifetime parameters of zinc ferrite nanocomposites prepared by high enegy ball-milling

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    Abhijit Banerjee

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Zn-ferrite nanoparticles were synthesized at room temperature by mechanical alloying the stoichiometric (1:1 mol% mixture of ZnO and α-Fe2O3 powder under open air. Formation of both normal and inverse spinel ferrite phases was noticed after 30 minutes and 2.5 hours ball milling respectively and the content of inverse spinel phase increased with increasing milling time. The phase transformation kinetics towards formation of ferrite phases and microstructure characterization of ball milled ZnFe2O4 phases was primarily investigated by X-ray powder diffraction pattern analysis. The relative phase abundances of different phases, crystallite size, r.m.s. strain, lattice parameter change etc. were estimated from the Rietveld powder structure refinement analysis of XRD data. Positron annihilation lifetime spectra of all ball milled samples were deconvoluted with three lifetime parameters and their variation with milling time duration was explained with microstructural changes and formation of different phases with increase of milling time duration.

  2. Diffuse galactic annihilation radiation

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    Ramaty, R.; Lingenfelter, R. E.

    1993-01-01

    The study reports observations of positron annihilation radiation from the inner region of the Galaxy which show that there are two components of the radiation: a steady, diffuse Galactic component and a variable component from discrete, presumably compact sources. The existence of the variable component is supported by the ensemble of all narrow FOV 511 keV line observations, including recent detections with OSSE. The fit of this ensemble to a time-independent source distribution can be excluded at the approximately 3-sigma level. The same ensemble, combined with the broad FOV SMM observations of Galactic 511 keV line emission, sets constraints on the Galactic distribution of the diffuse component.

  3. Positron annihilation spectroscopy and small angle neutron scattering characterization of nanostructural features in high-nickel model reactor pressure vessel steels

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    Glade, Stephen C.; Wirth, Brian D.; Odette, G. Robert; Asoka-Kumar, P.

    2006-01-01

    Irradiation embrittlement in nuclear reactor pressure vessel steels results from the hardening by a high number density of nanometer scale features. In steels with more than ∼0.10% Cu, the dominant features are often Cu-rich precipitates typically alloyed with Mn, Ni and Si. At low-Cu and low-to-intermediate Ni levels, so-called matrix hardening features are believed to be vacancy-solute cluster complexes, or their remnants. However, Mn-Ni-Si rich precipitates, with Mn plus Ni contents greater than Cu, can form at high alloy Ni contents and are promoted at irradiation temperatures lower than the nominal 290 deg. C. Even at very low-Cu levels, late blooming Mn-Ni-Si rich precipitates are a significant concern due to their potential to form large volume fractions of hardening features. Positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) and small angle neutron scattering neutron (SANS) measurements were used to characterize the fine-scale microstructure in split-melt A533B steels with varying Ni and Cu contents, irradiated at selected conditions from 270 to 310 deg. C between ∼0.04 and 1.6 x 10 23 n m -2 . The objective was to assess the character, composition and magnetic properties of Cu-rich precipitates, as well as to gain insight on the matrix features. The results suggest that the irradiated very low-Cu and intermediate Ni steel contains small vacancy-Mn-Ni-Si cluster complexes, but not large, well-formed and highly enriched Mn-Ni-Si phases. The hardening features in steels containing 0.2% and 0.4% Cu, and 0.8% and 1.6% Ni are consistent with well-formed, non-magnetic Cu-Ni-Mn precipitates. The precipitate number densities and volume fractions increase, while their sizes decrease, with increasing Ni and decreasing irradiation temperature. The precipitates evolve with fluence in stages of nucleation, growth and limited coarsening

  4. ESR, thermoelectrical and positron annihilation Doppler broadening studies of CuZnFe2O4-BaTiO3 composite

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    Hemeda, O.M.; Mahmoud, K.R.; Sharshar, T.; Elsheshtawy, M.; Hamad, Mahmoud A.

    2017-01-01

    Composite materials of Cu 0.6 Zn 0.4 Fe 2 O 4 (CZF) and barium titanate (BT) with different concentrations were prepared by high energy ball milling method. The composite samples of CZF and BT were studied using Infrared, ESR and positron annihilation Doppler broadening (PADB) spectroscopy techniques as well as thermo-electric power measurements. The results confirm formation of the composite, and presence of two ferrimagnetic and ferroelectric phases, simultaneously. In addition, Fe–O bond for both tetrahedral and octahedral sites, population and distribution of cations at A and B sites are varied with BT content. The values of resonance field, line width of ESR spectrum and charge carrier concentration increase by increasing BT content. The value of the g factor for our samples with low BT content is greater than g-factor value of the isolated free electron. On the contrary, the g-factor values for samples with high BT content are smaller than the free isolated electron. PADB line-shape S-parameter suggests that there are increases of the density of the delocalized electrons, defect size and concentration caused by highly adding BT phase. In addition, PADB results confirm the homogeneity of composite phases and same structure of defects in BT-CZF composite samples. - Highlights: • Composite materials of Cu 0.6 Zn 0.4 Fe 2 O 4 (CZF) and barium titanate (BT) were prepared. • The resonance field and charge carrier concentration increase by increasing BT. • there is increase of the density of delocalized electrons by highly adding BT. • In addition, PADB results confirm the homogeneity of composite phases.

  5. The interaction of positrons and positronium with small atoms

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    Drachman, R.J.

    1982-01-01

    This is a report on recent progress in the theory of small atomic systems including a positron. The author first considers the two-channel region in e + -H scattering which lies between 6.8 and 10.2 eV, and reports the results of positronium-formation and resonant-scattering calculations. Second, he introduces the concept of 'iso-leptonic families' with fixed electron and positron numbers and discusses in detail the two-electron, one-positron family. This family includes several interesting bound and resonant states. Next, he derives a new method of calculating positron annihilation rates and cross-sections from approximate wave functions. Although more difficult to apply than the direct method, this technique is more accurate. Finally, he shows the applicability of many positron calculations to currently interesting astrophysical problems, especially the recent observations of annihilation radiation coming from the direction of the galactic center

  6. Optical and positron annihilation spectroscopic studies on PMMA polymer doped by rhodamine B/chloranilic acid charge transfer complex: Special relevance to the effect of γ-ray irradiation

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    Hassan, H. E.; Refat, Moamen S.; Sharshar, T.

    2016-04-01

    Polymeric sheets of poly (methylmethaclyerate) (PMMA) containing charge transfer (CT) complex of rhodamine B/chloranilic acid (Rho B/CHA) were synthesized in methanol solvent at room temperature. The systematic analysis done on the Rho B and its CT complex in the form of powder or polymeric sheets confirmed their structure and thermal stability. The IR spectra interpreted the charge transfer mode of interaction between the CHA central positions and the terminal carboxylic group. The polymer sheets were irradiated with 70 kGy of γ radiation using 60Co source to study the enhanced changes in the structure and optical parameters. The microstructure changes of the PMMA sheets caused by γ-ray irradiation were analyzed using positron annihilation lifetime (PAL) and positron annihilation Doppler broadening (PADB) techniques. The positron life time components (τi) and their corresponding intensities (Ii) as well as PADB line-shape parameters (S and W) were found to be highly sensitive to the enhanced disorder occurred in the organic chains of the polymeric sheets due to γ-irradiation.

  7. Optical and positron annihilation spectroscopic studies on PMMA polymer doped by rhodamine B/chloranilic acid charge transfer complex: Special relevance to the effect of γ-ray irradiation.

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    Hassan, H E; Refat, Moamen S; Sharshar, T

    2016-04-15

    Polymeric sheets of poly (methylmethaclyerate) (PMMA) containing charge transfer (CT) complex of rhodamine B/chloranilic acid (Rho B/CHA) were synthesized in methanol solvent at room temperature. The systematic analysis done on the Rho B and its CT complex in the form of powder or polymeric sheets confirmed their structure and thermal stability. The IR spectra interpreted the charge transfer mode of interaction between the CHA central positions and the terminal carboxylic group. The polymer sheets were irradiated with 70 kGy of γ radiation using (60)Co source to study the enhanced changes in the structure and optical parameters. The microstructure changes of the PMMA sheets caused by γ-ray irradiation were analyzed using positron annihilation lifetime (PAL) and positron annihilation Doppler broadening (PADB) techniques. The positron life time components (τ(i)) and their corresponding intensities (I(i)) as well as PADB line-shape parameters (S and W) were found to be highly sensitive to the enhanced disorder occurred in the organic chains of the polymeric sheets due to γ-irradiation. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Neutral kaon and lambda production in electron-positron annihilation at 29 GeV and the Z boson resonance

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    Fordham, C.S.

    1990-10-01

    The production of K 0 and Λ in the hadronization of q bar q events from e + e - collisions at 29 GeV and the Z 0 resonance is studied using the Mark II detector as upgraded for running at the Stanford Linear Collider. Hadronization processes cannot presently be calculated with Quantum Chromodynamics; instead, hadronization models must be used in comparisons with data. In these models, hadronization occurs at local energy scales of a few GeV, a level at which small differences in quark and diquark mass significantly affect the production of particles such as K 0 and Λ, the lightest neutral meson and baryon containing strange quarks. Their production and behavior in hadronic events is a test for the accuracy of our understanding of hadronization. Two-charged- particle decays of the K 0 and Λ are isolated within the hadronic event sample. The resulting distribution of K 0 and Λ are corrected for inefficiencies and generalized to include all K 0 and Λ. Various kinematic distributions of the strange particles are examined. These distributions include the momentum and scaled momentum of the particles. The kinematics of the particles with respect to the original quark direction are examined through the distributions of rapidity and momentum transverse to the thrust both in and out of the event plane. The dependence of K 0 and Λ production on the sphericity of the hadronic events is also examined. All these distributions show that the behavior of K 0 and Λ in hadronic events is consistent with the hadronization models

  9. ATHENA: an actual antihydrogen annihilation

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    2002-01-01

    This is an image of an actual matter-antimatter annihilation due to an atom of antihydrogen in the ATHENA experiment, located on the Antiproton Decelerator (AD) at CERN since 2001. The antiproton produces four charged pions (yellow) whose positions are given by silicon microstrips (pink) before depositing energy in CsI crystals (yellow cubes). The positron also annihilates to produce back-to-back gamma rays (red).

  10. Applications of positron depth profiling

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    Hakvoort, R.A.

    1993-01-01

    In this thesis some contributions of the positron-depth profiling technique to materials science have been described. Following studies are carried out: Positron-annihilation measurements on neon-implanted steel; Void creation in silicon by helium implantation; Density of vacancy-type defects present in amorphous silicon prepared by ion implantation; Measurements of other types of amorphous silicon; Epitaxial cobalt disilicide prepared by cobalt outdiffusion. Positron-annihilation experiments on low-pressure CVD silicon-nitride films. (orig./MM)

  11. Applications of positron depth profiling

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    Hakvoort, R.A.

    1993-12-23

    In this thesis some contributions of the positron-depth profiling technique to materials science have been described. Following studies are carried out: Positron-annihilation measurements on neon-implanted steel; Void creation in silicon by helium implantation; Density of vacancy-type defects present in amorphous silicon prepared by ion implantation; Measurements of other types of amorphous silicon; Epitaxial cobalt disilicide prepared by cobalt outdiffusion. Positron-annihilation experiments on low-pressure CVD silicon-nitride films. (orig./MM).

  12. Positron emission tomography

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    Paans, AMJ

    Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a method for determining biochemical and physiological processes in vivo in a quantitative way by using radiopharmaceuticals labelled with positron emitting radionuclides as C-11, N-13, O-15 and F-18 and by measuring the annihilation radiation using a

  13. Positrons in ionic crystals

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    Pareja, R.

    1988-01-01

    Positron annihilation experiments in ionic crystals are reviewed and their results are arranged. A discussion about the positron states in these materials is made in the light of these results and the different proposed models. The positronium in alkali halides is specially considered. (Author)

  14. Positron annihilation and transmission electron microscopy study of the evolution of microstructure in cold-rolled and nitrided FeNiTi foils

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    Chechenin, N.G.; Veen, A. van; Escobar Galindo, R.; Schut, H.; Chezan, A.R.; Bronsveld, P.M.; Hosson, J.Th.M. de; Boerma, D.O.

    2001-01-01

    Positron beam analysis (PBA) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were applied to study structural transformations in cold-rolled Fe0.94Ni0.04Ti0.02 foils, which were subjected to different thermal treatments in an atmosphere of a gas mixture of NH3 + H2 (nitriding). Positrons proved to be

  15. Potential Requirement of Positron Emission Tomography Apparatuses in Asia and Latin America Including Mexico

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    Watanabe, Naoyuki; Padhy, Ajit Kumar; Oku, Shinya; Sasaki, Yasuhito

    2013-01-01

    The number of positron emission tomography (PET) machines has been increasing in regions of East-, Southeast-, and South-Asia as well as in Latin America including Mexico. This study was performed to assess the potential requirement of PET machines in 19 countries which already use PET in the aforementioned regions. Data on the number of PET machines and internationally available characteristics of the restrictive countries such as the land area, the total population, the gross national income (GNI), and the average life span of inhabitants were obtained from IAEA, UN, WB, and WHO. Correlation between the number of PET machines and the characteristics of each country was evaluated. The potentially required number of PET machines, which was obtained by adjusting the number of PET machines with statistically significant, correlative characteristics of each country, standardized on the state of Japan, were compared. The number of PET machines could be significantly correlated to the GNI of a country and the average life span of its inhabitants (P < 0.05). Based on Japan, most of the countries in the regions would require considerably more PET machines. With installation of the potentially required number of PET machines in each of the countries, the number of PET machine per 10 6 population would increase by 1.1- to 12-fold, in comparison with the current situation. With regards to the potentially required number of PET machines, most of the countries in these regions may require a considerable increase of PET machines. Nevertheless, some countries in the Asia seem to require outside assistance such as international support in order to introduce PET and enhance the efficacy of their health services

  16. Correlation of Gas Permeability in a Metal-Organic Framework MIL-101(Cr)-Polysulfone Mixed-Matrix Membrane with Free Volume Measurements by Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy (PALS).

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    Jeazet, Harold B Tanh; Koschine, Tönjes; Staudt, Claudia; Raetzke, Klaus; Janiak, Christoph

    2013-10-25

    Hydrothermally stable particles of the metal-organic framework MIL-101(Cr) were incorporated into a polysulfone (PSF) matrix to produce mixed-matrix or composite membranes with excellent dispersion of MIL-101 particles and good adhesion within the polymer matrix. Pure gas (O2, N2, CO2 and CH4) permeation tests showed a significant increase of gas permeabilities of the mixed-matrix membranes without any loss in selectivity. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) indicated that the increased gas permeability is due to the free volume in the PSF polymer and the added large free volume inside the MIL-101 particles. The trend of the gas transport properties of the composite membranes could be reproduced by a Maxwell model.

  17. Correlation of Gas Permeability in a Metal-Organic Framework MIL-101(Cr)–Polysulfone Mixed-Matrix Membrane with Free Volume Measurements by Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy (PALS)

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    Jeazet, Harold B. Tanh; Koschine, Tönjes; Staudt, Claudia; Raetzke, Klaus; Janiak, Christoph

    2013-01-01

    Hydrothermally stable particles of the metal-organic framework MIL-101(Cr) were incorporated into a polysulfone (PSF) matrix to produce mixed-matrix or composite membranes with excellent dispersion of MIL-101 particles and good adhesion within the polymer matrix. Pure gas (O2, N2, CO2 and CH4) permeation tests showed a significant increase of gas permeabilities of the mixed-matrix membranes without any loss in selectivity. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) indicated that the increased gas permeability is due to the free volume in the PSF polymer and the added large free volume inside the MIL-101 particles. The trend of the gas transport properties of the composite membranes could be reproduced by a Maxwell model. PMID:24957061

  18. Role of isotope scan, including positron emission tomography/computed tomography, in nodular goitre.

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    Giovanella, Luca; Ceriani, Luca; Treglia, Giorgio

    2014-08-01

    Nuclear medicine techniques were first used in clinical practice for diagnosing and treating thyroid diseases in the 1950s, and are still an integral part of thyroid nodules work-up. Thyroid imaging with iodine or iodine-analogue isotopes is the only examination able to prove the presence of autonomously functioning thyroid tissue, which excludes malignancy with a high probability. In addition, a thyroid scan with technetium-99m-methoxyisobutylisonitrile is able to avoid unnecessary surgical procedures for cytologically inconclusive thyroid nodules, as confirmed by meta-analysis and cost-effectiveness studies. Finally, positron emission tomography alone, and positron emission tomography combined with computed tomography scans with (18)F-fluoro-2-deoxy-d-glucose are also promising for diagnosing thyroid diseases, but further studies are needed before introducing them to clinical practice. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. An improved theoretical value for Zsub(eff) for low-energy positron-hydrogen-molecule scattering

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    Armour, E.A.G.; Baker, D.J.

    1986-01-01

    The value of Zsub(eff), the effective number of electrons per molecule available to the positron for annihilation, is calculated for low-energy positron-hydrogen-molecule scattering using a scattering wavefunction containing terms in which the positron-electron distance is included linearly as a factor. The results at very low energy are much closer to the experimental value than any that have been obtained previously. (author)

  20. Solvated Positron Chemistry. The Reaction of Hydrated Positrons with Chloride Ions

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    Mogensen, O. E.; Shantarovich, V. P.

    1974-01-01

    The reaction of hydrated positrons (caq+ with cloride ions in aqueous solutions has been studied by means of positron annihilation angular correlation measurements. A rate constant of k = (2.5 ± 0.5) × 1010 M−1 s−1 was found. Probably the reacting positrons annihilated from an e+ Cl− bound state...... resulting in an angular correlation curve 8% narrower than for the hydrated positron. Carbontetrachloride in benzene seems to give similar, but smaller effect....

  1. Total cross section for hadron production by electron-positron annihilation between 2.4 and 5.0 GeV center-of-mass energy

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    Augustin, J.; Boyarski, A.M.; Breidenbach, M.; Bulos, F.; Dakin, J.T.; Feldman, G.J.; Fischer, G.E.; Fryberger, D.; Hanson, G.; Jean-Marie, B.; Larsen, R.R.; Luth, V.; Lynch, H.L.; Lyon, D.; Morehouse, C.C.; Paterson, J.M.; Perl, M.L.; Richter, B.; Schwitters, R.F.; Vannucci, F.; Abrams, G.S.; Briggs, D.; Chinowsky, W.; Friedberg, C.E.; Goldhaber, G.; Hollebeek, R.J.; Kadyk, J.A.; Trilling, G.H.; Whitaker, J.S.; Zipse, J.E.

    1975-01-01

    The total cross section for hadron production by e + e - annihilation has been measured at center-of-mass energies between 2.4 and 5.0 GeV. Aside from the very narrow resonances psi (3105) and psi (3695), the cross section varies between 32 and 17 nb over this region with structure in the vicinity of 4.1 GeV

  2. Deconvolution of Positrons' Lifetime spectra

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    Calderin Hidalgo, L.; Ortega Villafuerte, Y.

    1996-01-01

    In this paper, we explain the iterative method previously develop for the deconvolution of Doppler broadening spectra using the mathematical optimization theory. Also, we start the adaptation and application of this method to the deconvolution of positrons' lifetime annihilation spectra

  3. Positron annihilation study of Sr Doping in La{sub 2-x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4}

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    Sterne, P.A. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States)]|[California Univ., Davis, CA (United States); Howell, R.H.; Fluss, M.J. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States); Kaiser, J.H. [Texas Univ., Arlington, TX (United States); Kitazawa, K. [Tokyo Univ. (Japan); Kojima, H. [Yamanashi Univ., Kofu (Japan)

    1993-04-22

    We present a combined experimental and threshold study of effects of Sr doping on electronic structure of La{sub 2-x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4}. Electron-positron momentum distributions have been measured to high statistical precision (> 4 {times} 10{sup 8} counts) at room temperature for samples with Sr concentrations of x = 0.0, 0.1, 0.13 and 0.2. Analysis of all four spectra reveal strong features due to electron-positron wavefunction overlap, in quantitative agreement with theoretical calculations. The Sr doped samples show discontinuities consistent with presence of a Fermi surface. The form and position of these features are in general agreement with the predictions of band theory. Correspondence between theory and experiment, as well as some differences, are revealed by a detailed study of the changes in electron-position momentum density with increasing Sr doping.

  4. Studies of positron induced luminescence from polymers

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    Xu, J.; Hulett, L.D. Jr.; Lewis, T.A.; Tolk, N.H.

    1994-01-01

    Light emission from polymers (anthracene dissolved in polystryrene) induced by low-energy positrons and electrons has been studied. Results indicate a clear difference between optical emissions under positron and electron bombardment. The positron-induced luminescence spectrum is believed to be generated by both collisional and annihilation processes

  5. Study on low-energy positron polarimetry

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    degree of polarisation close to the positron creation point is desired. In this contribution, methods for ... The spin is transferred to the pair-produced electrons and positrons. The positrons are captured right behind .... to be separated from Mott scattering and annihilation in flight processes. Analysing only final-state electrons ...

  6. Properties of point defects either native or induced by irradiation in the 3C and 6H polytypes of silicon carbide determined by positron annihilation and EPR; Proprietes des defauts ponctuels natifs et induits par irradiation dans les polytypes 3C et 6H du carbure de silicium determinees par annihilation de positons et RPE

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    Kerbiriou, X

    2006-02-15

    Potential applications of silicon carbide (SiC) in micro-electronics have justified many studies on point defects, which play an important role in the electrical compensation. Moreover, this material has many assets to take part in the fissile materials confining in the gas cooled reactors of the future (4. generation). In this thesis, we have used Electronic Paramagnetic Resonance and Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy to study the properties of point defects (nature, size, charge state, migration and agglomeration during annealing), either native or induced by irradiation with various particles (H{sup +}, e{sup -}, carbon ions), in the 3C and 6H polytypes of SiC. The positron annihilation study of native defects in 6H-SiC has shown the presence of a strong concentration of non-vacancy traps of acceptor type, which are not present in the 3C-SiC crystals. The nature of the defects detected after irradiation with low energy electrons (190 keV) depends on the polytype. Indeed, while silicon Frenkel pairs and carbon mono-vacancies are detected in the 6H crystals, only carbon mono-vacancies are detected in the 3C crystals. We propose that these differences concerning the populations of detected point defects result from different values of the silicon displacement threshold energy for the two polytypes (approximately 20 eV for 6H and 25 V for 3C). In addition, the irradiations with 12 MeV protons and 132 MeV carbon ions have created silicon mono-vacancies as well as VSi-VC di-vacancies. Neither the particle (protons or ions carbon), nor the polytype (3C or 6H) influence the nature of the generated defects. Finally the study of the annealing of 6H-SiC monocrystals irradiated with 12 MeV protons have revealed several successive processes. The most original result is the agglomeration of the silicon mono-vacancies with the VSi-VC di-vacancies which leads to the formation of VSi-VC-VSi tri-vacancies. (author)

  7. Correlation between ferromagnetism and the concentration of interfacial defects in multiferroic Bi{sub 7}Fe{sub 2.75}Co{sub 0.25}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 21} studied by positron annihilation

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    Ge, W.N. [State Key Laboratory of Particle Detection and Electronics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (China); Department of Modern Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (China); Li, X.N. [CAS Key Laboratory of Materials for Energy Conversion, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (China); Xu, J.P. [State Key Laboratory of Particle Detection and Electronics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (China); Department of Modern Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (China); Huang, S.J. [Zhejiang University of Water Resources and Electric Power, Hangzhou 310018 (China); Liu, J.D. [State Key Laboratory of Particle Detection and Electronics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (China); Department of Modern Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (China); Zhu, Z.; Fu, Z.P. [CAS Key Laboratory of Materials for Energy Conversion, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (China); Lu, Y.L., E-mail: yllu@ustc.edu.cn [CAS Key Laboratory of Materials for Energy Conversion, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (China); Ye, B.J., E-mail: bjye@ustc.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Particle Detection and Electronics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (China); Department of Modern Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (China)

    2017-03-01

    Highlights: • Interfacial defects and magnetization of Bi{sub 7}Fe{sub 2.75}Co{sub 0.25}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 21} were studied. • Interfacial defects disappear slowly with the increase of annealing temperature. • Saturation magnetization decreased with increasing the annealing temperature. • Higher concentration of interfacial defects bring higher saturation magnetization. - Abstract: This paper investigated the effect of the annealing temperature on the interfacial defects and the magnetization of a single-phase multiferroic Bi{sub 7}Fe{sub 2.75}Co{sub 0.25}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 21.} With the increase of annealing temperature, the average thickness of the nonaplates increased from 80 to 180 nm. But the magnetic property measurement shows that the saturation magnetization gradually decreases with the increase of the annealing temperature correspondingly. Positron annihilation measurements reveal that the interfacial defects disappear obviously when the annealing temperature increased, which is found to agree well with the variation of saturation magnetization. The results suggest that with the higher concentration of interfacial defects may bring about higher saturation magnetization for the Aurivillius phase material, opening a window to improve the magnetic performance through controlling the concentration of interfacial defects.

  8. Depth profiles of defects in Ar-iondashirradiated steels determined by a least-squares fit of S parameters from variable-energy positron annihilation

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    Aruga, Takeo; Takamura, Saburo; Nakata, Kiyotomo; Ito, Yasuo

    1995-01-01

    Using a new method for reconstructing the depth profile of defects in an iondashirradiated sample by using slow positrons, the depth profiles of vacancy-type defects in 316 stainless steel samples, irradiated with 250 keV Ar ions to a dose of 7.5 × 10 19 m -2 at room temperature, have been calculated from Doppler-broadening S parameters measured as a function of positron energies up to 16 keV. Without assuming any type of shape for the defect profiles, such as Gaussian, the defect profiling is done using a least-squares fitting method. The resulting profile suggests that in as-irradiated 316 stainless steel samples with lower carbon content, the defect distribution peaks at a depth four times larger than that of the ion range. After annealing at a high temperature of 1253 K for 0.5 h, the fitted profile shows that the peak around the average ion range is highly enhanced. While in the steel added with 0.3 wt% titanium, the profile exhibits almost no peak after annealing at 1073 K. The results indicate that the radiationdashproduced vacancy clusters are stabilized by the implanted Ar atoms more effectively in the Ti-free steel than in the Ti-added steel.

  9. A calorimetric measurement of the strong coupling constant in electron-positron annihilation at a center-of-mass energy of 91.6 GeV

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    Martirena, S.G.

    1994-04-01

    In this work, a measurement of the strong coupling constant α s in e + e - annihilation at a center-of-mass energy of 91.6 GeV is presented. The measurement was performed with the SLD at the Stanford Linear Collider facility located at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in California. The procedure used consisted of measuring the rate of hard gluon radiation from the primary quarks in a sample of 9,878 hadronic events. After defining the asymptotic manifestation of partons as 'jets', various phenomenological models were used to correct for the hadronization process. A value for the QCD scale parameter Λ bar MS , defined in the bar MS renormalization convention with 5 active quark flavors, was then obtained by a direct fit to O(α s 2 ) calculations. The value of α s obtained was α s (M z0 ) = 0.122 ± 0.004 -0.007 +0.008 where the uncertainties are experimental (combined statistical and systematic) and theoretical (systematic) respectively. Equivalently, Λ bar MS = 0.28 -0.10 +0.16 GeV where the experimental and theoretical uncertainties have been combined

  10. The kinetics of formation and growth of TiC precipitates in Ti-modified stainless steel studied by positron annihilation spectroscopy

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    Gopalan, P.; Rajaraman, R.; Viswanathan, B.; Venkadesan, S.

    1998-01-01

    The formation and growth of TiC precipitates in Ti-modified austenitic stainless steel (D-9 alloy) is monitored by positron lifetime spectroscopy. From isochronal annealing studies various recovery stages are identified. TiC precipitates are found to be more stable in 20% cold worked alloy than in a 17.5% cold worked sample. From the isothermal annealing studies, it is found that TiC precipitation is controlled by dislocations. The limited temperature dependence of dislocation controlled TiC precipitation is governed by an apparent activation energy of 1.6 eV. In 20% cold worked alloy, TiC precipitates are found to be stable against growth even after 1000 h of annealing at 923 K. For higher annealing temperatures, TiC precipitate coarsening occurs due to recrystallisation. (orig.)

  11. A Position Annihilation Study of Defect Recovery in Electron-Irradiated alpha-Zr

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    Hood, G. M.; Eldrup, Morten Mostgaard; Mogensen, O. E.

    1977-01-01

    The presence of vacancy defects in α-Zr, irradiated at 320 > T > 290 K with 1.5 MeV electrons, has been indicated by positron annihilation measurements. It was found that positron lifetimes associated with annihilation in well-annealed α-Zr, fell in the range 173 to 181 psec, with no obvious...

  12. Characterization of the native defects in HgTe, CdTe, Hg1-x, CdxTe by positron annihilation: evidence of native vacancies

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    Geffroy, B.

    1987-12-01

    Direct evidence of native vacancies is found in as-grown Cd x Hg 1-x Te single crystals prepared by the travelling heating method (THM). The vacancies have characteristics depending on the annealing undergone by the crystals after their growth and on the conduction type in the crystals. In as-grown CdTe and Cd 0.7 Hg 0.3 Te (THM), native vacancies are found in n-type materials. In as-grown HgTe and Cd 0.2 Hg 0.8 Te (THM), native vacancies are found in p materials. They disappear after stoechiometric annealings in which the crystals are converted n-type. From the positron lifetime at the vacancies, 320±4 ps, one can show that the native vacancies are metallic vacancies V Cd in CdTe, V Hg in HgTe, V Hg or/and V Cd in Cd x Hg 1-x Te alloys. The concentration of the metallic vacancies is estimated in as-grown crystals. In as-grown p-type CdTe and Cd 0.7 Hg 0.3 Te (THM), in as-grown then subsequently p-type annealed HgTe and Cd 0.2 Hg 0.8 Te (THM), vacancy type defects are also found giving rise to lifetime of about 290 ps. These defects are also found in crystals grown by Bridgman method. The nature of these defects is discussed. The In doping effects on the metallic vacancies have been studied. It is shown that In addition increases the concentration of metallic vacancies in CdTe (In) (THM). Vacancy-In complexes appear for In concentrations of the order or above 10 17 cm -3 . These complexes disappear after decompensating annealings and only the metallic vacancies survive. Small vacancies clusters of two or three vacancies are found after deformation at room temperature in CdTe (Mn) (THM) [fr

  13. Deciphering the Role of Charge Compensator in Optical Properties of SrWO4:Eu3+:A (A = Li+, Na+, K+): Spectroscopic Insight Using Photoluminescence, Positron Annihilation, and X-ray Absorption.

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    Gupta, Santosh Kumar; Sudarshan, Kathi; Yadav, Ashok Kumar; Gupta, Ruma; Bhattacharyya, Dibyendu; Jha, Shambhu Nath; Kadam, Ramakant Mahadeo

    2018-01-16

    Studies have been carried out to understand the specific role of the alkali charge compensator on the luminescence properties of an alkali ion (Li + , Na + , and K + ) codoped SrWO 4 :Eu phosphor. The oxidation state of the europium ion was found to be +3 on the basis of X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) measurements. This is the first report of its kind where opposite effects of Li + ion and Na + /K + ions on photoluminescence intensity have been observed. Li + ion codoping enhanced the photoluminescence intensity from SrWO 4 :Eu 3+ phosphor while Na + /K + ion codoping did not. On the other hand, the luminescence lifetime is maximum for the Na + ion codoped sample and minimum for the Li + ion codoped sample. The results could be explained successfully using time-resolved luminescence, positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS), and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy measurements. Changes in the Eu-O bond length and Debye-Waller Factor (σ 2 ) upon Li + /Na + /K + codoping were monitored through EXAFS measurements. PALS also highlighted the fact that Li + codoping is not contributing to reduction in the cation vacancies and might be occupying interstitial sites rather than lattice positions due to its very small size. On europium doping there is lowering in symmetry of SrO 8 polyhedra from S 4 to C 6 , which is reflected in an intense electric dipole transition in comparison to the magnetic dipole transition. This is also corroborated using trends in Judd-Ofelt parameters. The results have shown that the luminescence lifetime is better when the vacancy concentration is lower as induced by Na + and K + codoping, while the emission intensity is higher in the samples when distortion around Eu 3+ is reduced as induced by Li + codoping.

  14. Gamma-ray signatures of annihilation to charged leptons in dark matter substructure

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    Kistler, Matthew D.; Siegal-Gaskins, Jennifer M.

    2010-01-01

    Because of their higher concentrations and small internal velocities, Milky Way subhalos can be at least as important as the smooth halo in accounting for the GeV positron excess via dark matter annihilation. After showing how this can be achieved in various scenarios, including in Sommerfeld models, we demonstrate that, in this case, the diffuse inverse-Compton emission resulting from electrons and positrons produced in substructure leads to a nearly-isotropic signal close to the level of the isotropic GeV gamma-ray background seen by Fermi. Moreover, we show that HESS cosmic-ray electron measurements can be used to constrain multi-TeV internal bremsstrahlung gamma rays arising from annihilation to charged leptons.

  15. Dark matter "transporting" mechanism explaining positron excesses

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    Kim, Doojin; Park, Jong-Chul; Shin, Seodong

    2018-04-01

    We propose a novel mechanism to explain the positron excesses, which are observed by satellite-based telescopes including PAMELA and AMS-02, in dark matter (DM) scenarios. The novelty behind the proposal is that it makes direct use of DM around the Galactic Center where DM populates most densely, allowing us to avoid tensions from cosmological and astrophysical measurements. The key ingredients of this mechanism include DM annihilation into unstable states with a very long laboratory-frame life time and their "retarded" decay near the Earth to electron-positron pair(s) possibly with other (in)visible particles. We argue that this sort of explanation is not in conflict with relevant constraints from big bang nucleosynthesis and cosmic microwave background. Regarding the resultant positron spectrum, we provide a generalized source term in the associated diffusion equation, which can be readily applicable to any type of two-"stage" DM scenarios wherein production of Standard Model particles occurs at completely different places from those of DM annihilation. We then conduct a data analysis with the recent AMS-02 data to validate our proposal.

  16. High intensity positron program at LLNL

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    Asoka-Kumar, P.; Howell, R.H.; Stoeffl, W.

    1998-01-01

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is the home of the world's highest current beam of keV positrons. The potential for establishing a national center for materials analysis using positron annihilation techniques around this capability is being actively pursued. The high LLNL beam current will enable investigations in several new areas. We are developing a positron microprobe that will produce a pulsed, focused positron beam for 3-dimensional scans of defect size and concentration with submicron resolution. Below we summarize the important design features of this microprobe. Several experimental end stations will be available that can utilize the high current beam with a time distribution determined by the electron linac pulse structure, quasi-continuous, or bunched at 20 MHz, and can operate in an electrostatic or (and) magnetostatic environment. Some of the planned early experiments are: two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation of thin films and buried interfaces, positron diffraction holography, positron induced desorption, and positron induced Auger spectra

  17. Theory of the temperature dependence of positron bulk lifetimes-implications for vacancy formation enthalpy measurements via positron experiments

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    Tam, S.W.; Sinha, S.K.; Siegel, R.W.

    1977-02-01

    Temperature dependent effects, which may have a bearing on determinations of vacancy formation enthalpies in metals by positron annihilation, have been observed in certain metals. These effects have been observed to occur both at temperatures below those at which positron annihilation is most sensitive to equilibrium vacancies and at temperatures well within the vacancy-sensitive region. The effect of thermal lattice displacements on positron lifetimes in metals was investigated to help understand these phenomena

  18. PLEPS: Pulsed low energy positron system

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    Werner Egger

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available PLEPS, operated by the Universität der Bundeswehr München, located at NEPOMUC, is a unique tool for depth profiling of defects with positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy using a pulsed positron beam of variable energy.

  19. Positrons trapped in polyethylene: Electric field effect

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    Bertolaccini, M.; Bisi, A.; Gambarini, G.; Zappa, L.

    1978-01-01

    The intensity of the iot 2 -component of positrons annihilated in polyethylene is found to increase with increasing electric field, while the formation probability of the positron state responsible for this component remains independent of the field. (orig.) 891 HPOE [de

  20. Leptons from Dark Matter Annihilation in Milky Way Subhalos

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    Cline, James M; Xue, Wei

    2010-01-01

    Numerical simulations of dark matter collapse and structure formation show that in addition to a large halo surrounding the baryonic component of our galaxy, there also exists a significant number of subhalos that extend hundreds of kiloparsecs beyond the edge of the observable Milky Way. We find that for dark matter (DM) annihilation models, galactic subhalos can significantly modify the spectrum of electrons and positrons as measured at our galactic position. Using data from the recent Via Lactea II simulation we include the subhalo contribution of electrons and positrons as boundary source terms for simulations of high energy cosmic ray propagation with a modified version of the publicly available GALPROP code. Focusing on the DM DM -> 4e annihilation channel, we show that including subhalos leads to a better fit to both the Fermi and PAMELA data. The best fit gives a dark matter particle mass of 1.2 TeV, for boost factors of 90 in the main halo and 1950-3800 in the subhalos (depending on assumptions about...

  1. Fundamentals of positron emission tomography

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    Ostertag, H.

    1989-01-01

    Positron emission tomography is a modern radionuclide method of measuring physiological quantities or metabolic parameters in vivo. The methods is based on: (1) Radioactive labelling with positron emitters; (2) the coincidence technique for the measurement of the annihilation radiation following positron decay; (3) analysis of the data measured using biological models. The basic aspects and problems of the method are discussed. The main fields of future research are the synthesis of new labelled compounds and the development of mathematical models of the biological processes to be investigated. (orig.) [de

  2. Zadig: latest improvements to Bremsstrahlung treatment and in-flight annihilation scheme

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    Menard, St.

    2006-01-01

    Multigroup cross-section for the 3-dimensional Monte-Carlo transport code DIANE are produced by the ZADIG code. Although DIANE does not transport the electrons and positrons, the production of Bremsstrahlung photons induced by the electrons and positrons during their slowing down is taken into account in the ZADIG code because the electron-gamma cascade is an important process in high energy gamma ray transport. ZADIG does not distinguish positrons from electrons except for the positron annihilation. However, the user can turn on this direction. This report presents the latest improvements to the Bremsstrahlung model of ZADIG and to the positron annihilation algorithm implemented in the code. Positrons can annihilate either in flight or at rest in the latest release of ZADIG. As MCNP does not take into account the annihilation in flight, results of ZADIG-DIANE calculations are compared to the results of GEANT-4 in order to validate the annihilation scheme of ZADIG. The results with annihilation divided by the results without present similar trends between 0.6 and 10 MeV for the 2 codes (GEANT-4 and ZADIG-DIANE), in other words an influence of 5%, so the annihilation scheme programmed in ZADIG appears to be satisfying and can be considered as validated

  3. Calculation of Positron Distribution in the Presence of a Uniform Magnetic Field for the Improvement of Positron Emission Tomography (PET Imaging Using GEANT4 Toolkit

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    Mohsen Mashayekhi

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Introduction Range and diffusion of positron-emitting radiopharmaceuticals are important parameters for image resolution in positron emission tomography (PET. In this study, GEANT4 toolkit was applied to study positron diffusion in soft tissues with and without a magnetic field for six commonly used isotopes in PET imaging including 11C, 13N, 15O, 18F, 68Ga, and 82Rb. Materials and Methods GEANT4 toolkit was used to simulate the transport and interactions of positrons. Calculations were performed for the soft tissue phantom (8 mm ×8 mm × 8 mm. Positrons were emitted isotropically from the center of the phantom. By the application of a magnetic field perpendicular to the path of positrons, lateral scattering of positrons could be prevented due to Lorentz force. When the positron energy was below the cut-off threshold (0.001 MeV, the simulation was terminated. Results The findings showed that the presence of a magnetic field increased the rate of positron annihilation. At magnetic field strengths of 3, 7, and 10 Tesla, 18F with the lowest decay energy showed improvements in the ratio of full width at half maximum (FWHM resolution to the peak of curve by 3.64%, 3.89%, and 5.96%, respectively. In addition, at magnetic field strengths of 3, 7 and 10 Tesla, 82Rb with the highest decay energy showed improvements in resolution by 33%, 85%, and 99%, respectively. Conclusion Application of a magnetic field perpendicular to the positron diffusion plane prevented the scattering of positrons, and consequently, improved the intrinsic spatial resolution of PET imaging, caused by positron range effects.

  4. Annihilation physics of exotic galactic dark matter particles

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    Stecker, F. W.

    1990-01-01

    Various theoretical arguments make exotic heavy neutral weakly interacting fermions, particularly those predicted by supersymmetry theory, attractive candidates for making up the large amount of unseen gravitating mass in galactic halos. Such particles can annihilate with each other, producing secondary particles of cosmic-ray energies, among which are antiprotons, positrons, neutrinos, and gamma-rays. Spectra and fluxes of these annihilation products can be calculated, partly by making use of positron electron collider data and quantum chromodynamic models of particle production derived therefrom. These spectra may provide detectable signatures of exotic particle remnants of the big bang.

  5. Positron astronomy with SPI/INTEGRAL

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    Weidenspointner, G.; Diehl, R.; Strong, A.; Weidenspointner, G.; Skinner, G.K.; Skinner, G.K.; Jean, P.; Knoedlseder, J.; Von Ballmoos, P.; Cordier, B.; Schanne, S.; Winkler, C.

    2008-01-01

    We provide an overview of positron astronomy results that have been obtained using the INTEGRAL spectrometer SPI, and discuss their implications for the still mysterious origin of positrons in our Galaxy. It has long been known that the 511 keV positron annihilation emission is strongest from the central region of our Galaxy. Recently, it has been discovered with the SPI spectrometer that the weaker 511 keV line emission from the inner Galactic disk appears to be asymmetric, with the emission to the west of the Galactic center being about twice as strong than that to the east. This distribution of positron annihilation resembles that of low mass X-ray binaries as observed with the INTEGRAL imager IBIS at hard X-ray energies, suggesting that these systems could provide a significant portion of the positrons in our Galaxy. In addition, the spectrometer SPI has permitted unprecedented spectroscopy of annihilation radiation from the bulge and disk regions of the Galaxy, which commences to yield important insights into the conditions of the medium in which the positrons annihilate. (authors)

  6. High-field penning-malmberg trap: confinement properties and use in positron accumulation

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    Hartley, J.H.

    1997-09-01

    This dissertation reports on the development of the 60 kG cryogenic positron trap at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and compares the trap`s confinement properties with other nonneutral plasma devices. The device is designed for the accumulation of up to 2{times}10{sup 9} positrons from a linear-accelerator source. This positron plasma could then be used in Bhabha scattering experiments. Initial efforts at time-of-flight accumulation of positrons from the accelerator show rapid ({approximately}100 ms) deconfinement, inconsistent with the long electron lifetimes. Several possible deconfinement mechanisms have been explored, including annihilation on residual gas, injection heating, rf noise from the accelerator, magnet field curvature, and stray fields. Detailed studies of electron confinement demonstrate that the empirical scaling law used to design the trap cannot be extrapolated into the parameter regime of this device. Several possible methods for overcoming these limitations are presented.

  7. Status of positron beams for dark photons experiments

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    Valente Paolo

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available High energy positron beams are an important tool for fixed-target experiments searching for new particles produced in the annihilation on atomic electrons of a target. The status of existing or planned infrastructures is reviewed.

  8. Toward a European Network of Positron Laboratories

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    Karwasz Grzegorz P.

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Some applications of controlled-energy positron beams in material studies are discussed. In porous organic polysilicates, measurements of 3γ annihilation by Doppler broadening (DB method at the Trento University allowed to trace pore closing and filling by water vapor. In silicon coimplanted by He+ and H+, DB data combined with positron lifetime measurements at the München pulsed positron beam allowed to explain Si blistering. Presently measured samples of W for applications in thermonuclear reactors, irradiated by W+ and electrons, show vast changes of positron lifetimes, indicating complex dynamics of defects.

  9. IceCube search for dark matter annihilation in nearby galaxies and galaxy clusters

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    Aartsen, M. G.; Abbasi, R.; Abdou, Y.; Ackermann, M.; Adams, J.; Aguilar, J. A.; Ahlers, M.; Altmann, D.; Auffenberg, J.; Bai, X.; Baker, M.; Barwick, S. W.; Baum, V.; Bay, R.; Beatty, J. J.; Bechet, S.; Becker Tjus, J.; Becker, K.-H.; Benabderrahmane, M. L.; BenZvi, S.; Berghaus, P.; Berley, D.; Bernardini, E.; Bernhard, A.; Bertrand, D.; Besson, D. Z.; Binder, G.; Bindig, D.; Bissok, M.; Blaufuss, E.; Blumenthal, J.; Boersma, D. J.; Bohaichuk, S.; Bohm, C.; Bose, D.; Böser, S.; Botner, O.; Brayeur, L.; Bretz, H.-P.; Brown, A. M.; Bruijn, R.; Brunner, J.; Carson, M.; Casey, J.; Casier, M.; Chirkin, D.; Christov, A.; Christy, B.; Clark, K.; Clevermann, F.; Coenders, S.; Cohen, S.; Cowen, D. F.; Cruz Silva, A. H.; Danninger, M.; Daughhetee, J.; Davis, J. C.; Day, M.; De Clercq, C.; De Ridder, S.; Desiati, P.; de Vries, K. D.; de With, M.; DeYoung, T.; Díaz-Vélez, J. C.; Dunkman, M.; Eagan, R.; Eberhardt, B.; Eisch, J.; Ellsworth, R. W.; Euler, S.; Evenson, P. A.; Fadiran, O.; Fazely, A. R.; Fedynitch, A.; Feintzeig, J.; Feusels, T.; Filimonov, K.; Finley, C.; Fischer-Wasels, T.; Flis, S.; Franckowiak, A.; Frantzen, K.; Fuchs, T.; Gaisser, T. K.; Gallagher, J.; Gerhardt, L.; Gladstone, L.; Glüsenkamp, T.; Goldschmidt, A.; Golup, G.; Gonzalez, J. G.; Goodman, J. A.; Góra, D.; Grandmont, D. T.; Grant, D.; Groß, A.; Ha, C.; Haj Ismail, A.; Hallen, P.; Hallgren, A.; Halzen, F.; Hanson, K.; Heereman, D.; Heinen, D.; Helbing, K.; Hellauer, R.; Hickford, S.; Hill, G. C.; Hoffman, K. D.; Hoffmann, R.; Homeier, A.; Hoshina, K.; Huelsnitz, W.; Hulth, P. O.; Hultqvist, K.; Hussain, S.; Ishihara, A.; Jacobi, E.; Jacobsen, J.; Jagielski, K.; Japaridze, G. S.; Jero, K.; Jlelati, O.; Kaminsky, B.; Kappes, A.; Karg, T.; Karle, A.; Kelley, J. L.; Kiryluk, J.; Kläs, J.; Klein, S. R.; Köhne, J.-H.; Kohnen, G.; Kolanoski, H.; Köpke, L.; Kopper, C.; Kopper, S.; Koskinen, D. J.; Kowalski, M.; Krasberg, M.; Krings, K.; Kroll, G.; Kunnen, J.; Kurahashi, N.; Kuwabara, T.; Labare, M.; Landsman, H.; Larson, M. J.; Lesiak-Bzdak, M.; Leuermann, M.; Leute, J.; Lünemann, J.; Macías, O.; Madsen, J.; Maggi, G.; Maruyama, R.; Mase, K.; Matis, H. S.; McNally, F.; Meagher, K.; Merck, M.; Meures, T.; Miarecki, S.; Middell, E.; Milke, N.; Miller, J.; Mohrmann, L.; Montaruli, T.; Morse, R.; Nahnhauer, R.; Naumann, U.; Niederhausen, H.; Nowicki, S. C.; Nygren, D. R.; Obertacke, A.; Odrowski, S.; Olivas, A.; Omairat, A.; O'Murchadha, A.; Paul, L.; Pepper, J. A.; Pérez de los Heros, C.; Pfendner, C.; Pieloth, D.; Pinat, E.; Posselt, J.; Price, P. B.; Przybylski, G. T.; Rädel, L.; Rameez, M.; Rawlins, K.; Redl, P.; Reimann, R.; Resconi, E.; Rhode, W.; Ribordy, M.; Richman, M.; Riedel, B.; Rodrigues, J. P.; Rott, C.; Ruhe, T.; Ruzybayev, B.; Ryckbosch, D.; Saba, S. M.; Salameh, T.; Sander, H.-G.; Santander, M.; Sarkar, S.; Schatto, K.; Scheriau, F.; Schmidt, T.; Schmitz, M.; Schoenen, S.; Schöneberg, S.; Schönwald, A.; Schukraft, A.; Schulte, L.; Schulz, O.; Seckel, D.; Sestayo, Y.; Seunarine, S.; Shanidze, R.; Sheremata, C.; Smith, M. W. E.; Soldin, D.; Spiczak, G. M.; Spiering, C.; Stamatikos, M.; Stanev, T.; Stasik, A.; Stezelberger, T.; Stokstad, R. G.; Stößl, A.; Strahler, E. A.; Ström, R.; Sullivan, G. W.; Taavola, H.; Taboada, I.; Tamburro, A.; Tepe, A.; Ter-Antonyan, S.; Tešić, G.; Tilav, S.; Toale, P. A.; Toscano, S.; Unger, E.; Usner, M.; Vallecorsa, S.; van Eijndhoven, N.; Van Overloop, A.; van Santen, J.; Vehring, M.; Voge, M.; Vraeghe, M.; Walck, C.; Waldenmaier, T.; Wallraff, M.; Weaver, Ch.; Wellons, M.; Wendt, C.; Westerhoff, S.; Whitehorn, N.; Wiebe, K.; Wiebusch, C. H.; Williams, D. R.; Wissing, H.; Wolf, M.; Wood, T. R.; Woschnagg, K.; Xu, D. L.; Xu, X. W.; Yanez, J. P.; Yodh, G.; Yoshida, S.; Zarzhitsky, P.; Ziemann, J.; Zierke, S.; Zoll, M.

    2013-12-01

    We present the results of a first search for self-annihilating dark matter in nearby galaxies and galaxy clusters using a sample of high-energy neutrinos acquired in 339.8 days of live time during 2009/10 with the IceCube neutrino observatory in its 59-string configuration. The targets of interest include the Virgo and Coma galaxy clusters, the Andromeda galaxy, and several dwarf galaxies. We obtain upper limits on the cross section as a function of the weakly interacting massive particle mass between 300 GeV and 100 TeV for the annihilation into bb¯, W+W-, τ+τ-, μ+μ-, and νν¯. A limit derived for the Virgo cluster, when assuming a large effect from subhalos, challenges the weakly interacting massive particle interpretation of a recently observed GeV positron excess in cosmic rays.

  10. Precise tests of QCD in e+e- annihilation

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    Burrows, P.N.

    1997-03-01

    A pedagogical review is given of precise tests of QCD in electron-positron annihilation. Emphasis is placed on measurements that have served to establish QCD as the correct theory of strong interactions, as well as measurements of the coupling parameter α s . An outlook is given for future important tests at a high-energy e + e - collider

  11. Polymeric membrane studied using slow positron beam

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    Hung, W.-S.; Lo, C.-H.; Cheng, M.-L.; Chen Hongmin; Liu Guang; Chakka, Lakshmi; Nanda, D.; Tung, K.-L.; Huang, S.-H.; Lee, Kueir-Rarn; Lai, J.-Y.; Sun Yiming; Yu Changcheng; Zhang Renwu; Jean, Y.C.

    2008-01-01

    A radioisotope slow positron beam has been built at the Chung Yuan Christian University in Taiwan for the research and development in membrane science and technology. Doppler broadening energy spectra and positron annihilation lifetime have been measured as a function of positron energy up to 30 keV in a polyamide membrane prepared by the interfacial polymerization between triethylenetetraamine (TETA) and trimesoyl chloride (TMC) on modified porous polyacrylonitrile (PAN) asymmetric membrane. The multilayer structures and free-volume depth profile for this asymmetric membrane system are obtained. Positron annihilation spectroscopy coupled with a slow beam could provide new information about size selectivity of transporting molecules and guidance for molecular designs in polymeric membranes

  12. Excessive sensitivity of momentum densities to crystal potentials as a reason for difficulties in verifying positron enhancement theories

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    Sormann, H.; Šob, Mojmír

    363-365, - (2001), s. 612-614 ISSN 0255-5476. [International Conference on Positron Annihilation /12./. Mnichov, 06.08.2000-12.08.2000] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2041904 Keywords : positron annihilation * electronic structure * metals Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 0.461, year: 2001

  13. Flavoured co-annihilation

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    2012-10-06

    annihilating part- ners of the neutralino is the lightest stau, ˜τ1. In the presence of flavour violation in the right-handed sector, the co-annihilating partner would be a flavour mixed state. The flavour effect is two-fold: (a) It changes the ...

  14. Positrons in biomolecular systems. II

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    Glass, J.C.; Graf, G.; Costabal, H.; Ewert, D.H.; English, L.

    1982-01-01

    Pickoff-annihilation parameters, as related to the free volume model, are shown to be indicators of structural fluctuations in membranes and membrane bound proteins. Nitrous oxide anesthetic induces lateral rigidity in a membrane, and an anesthetic mechanism is suggested. Conformational changes of (Na + ,K + )ATPase in natural membrane are observed with ATP and Mg-ion binding. New positron applications to active transport and photosynthetic systems are suggested. (Auth.)

  15. Positron emission tomography in drug development and drug evaluation

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    Paans, AMJ; Vaalburg, W

    2000-01-01

    Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is an imaging modality which can determine biochemical and physiological processes in vivo in a quantitative way by using radiopharmaceuticals labeled with positron emitting radionuclides as C-11, N-13, O-15 and F-18 and by measuring the annihilation radiation

  16. Generation and application of slow positrons based on a electron LINAC

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    Kurihara, T

    2002-01-01

    History of slow positron in Institute of Materials Structure Science High Energy Accelerator Research Organization is explained. The principle of generation and application of intense positron beam is mentioned. Two sources of intense positron are radioactive decay of radioactive isotopes emitting positron and electron-positron pair creation. The radioactive decay method uses sup 5 sup 8 Co, sup 6 sup 4 Cu, sup 1 sup 1 C, sup 1 sup 3 N, sup 1 sup 5 O and sup 1 sup 8 F. The electron-positron pair creation method uses nuclear reactor or electron linear accelerator (LINAC). The positron experimental facility in this organization consists of electron LINAC, slow positron beam source, positron transport and experimental station. The outline of this facility is started. The intense slow positron beam is applied to research positronium work function, electron structure of surface. New method such as combination of positron lifetime measurement and slow positron beam or Auger electron spectroscopy by positron annihil...

  17. Positron emission tomography

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    Lindback, Stig

    1995-01-01

    Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is an advanced nuclear medicine technique used for research at major centres. Unique diagnostic information is obtained from tomographic measurements of the biochemistry and physiology of tissues and organs. In theory, diseases are related to biochemical changes and these can be observed with PET long before any anatomical changes are detectable. In PET the radioactive component is a positron-emitting isotope or 'tracer'. The positrons annihilate with electrons in the body to produce two gamma rays 180° apart; coincidence detection of these gammas provides a very efficient method of determining the spatial distribution of the radioisotope tracer. Because physiological measurements are usually required in a single imaging session, very short-lived isotopes are used to label the tracer molecules; isotope production and labelling is usually carried out in situ. The most commonly used radionuclides are carbon- 11 (half-life 20 minutes), nitrogen-13 (10 minutes), oxygen-15 (2 minutes), and fluorine-18 (110 minutes). A PET system has three major components: - a particle accelerator with targets for production of the positron-emitting isotopes; - chemistry modules for synthesis and labelling of the desired tracers; - and a PET camera for in-vivo measurements of the distribution of the tracer in the body

  18. A possible signature of annihilating dark matter

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    Chan, Man Ho

    2018-02-01

    In this article, we report a new signature of dark matter annihilation based on the radio continuum data of NGC 1569 galaxy detected in the past few decades. After eliminating the thermal contribution of the radio signal, an abrupt change in the spectral index is shown in the radio spectrum. Previously, this signature was interpreted as an evidence of convective outflow of cosmic ray. However, we show that the cosmic ray contribution is not enough to account for the observed radio flux. We then discover that if dark matter annihilates via the 4-e channel with the thermal relic cross-section, the electrons and positrons produced would emit a strong radio flux which can provide an excellent agreement with the observed signature. The best-fitting dark matter mass is 25 GeV.

  19. Analysis of experimental positron-molecule binding energies

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    Danielson, J R; Surko, C M; Young, J A

    2010-01-01

    Experiments show that positron annihilation on molecules frequently occurs via capture into vibrational Feshbach resonances. In these cases, the downshifts in the annihilation spectra from the vibrational mode spectra provide measures of the positron-molecule binding energies. An analysis of these binding energy data is presented in terms of the molecular dipole polarizability, the permanent dipole moment, and the number of π bonds in aromatic molecules. The results of this analysis are in reasonably good agreement with other information about positron-molecule bound states. Predictions for other targets and promising candidate molecules for further investigation are discussed.

  20. Ion-irradiated polymer studied by a slow positron beam

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    Kobayashi, Yoshinori; Kojima, Isao; Hishita, Shunichi; Suzuki, Takenori.

    1995-01-01

    Poly (aryl-ether-ether ketone) (PEEK) films were irradiated with 1MeV and 2MeV 0 + ions and the positron annihilation Doppler broadening was measured as a function of the positron energy. The annihilation lines recorded at relatively low positron energies were found to become broader with increasing the irradiation dose, suggesting that positronium (Ps) formation may be inhibited in the damaged regions. A correlation was observed between the Doppler broadening and spin densities determined by electron spin resonance (ESR). (author)

  1. Positron production using a 1.7 MV pelletron accelerator

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    Alcantara, K. F.; Crivelli, P.; Santos, A. C. F.

    2013-04-01

    We report the foremost phase of a fourth generation positron source, being constructed at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Positron yields are reported by making use of the 19F(p,αe+e-)16O reaction, where the fluorine target is in the form of a CaF2 pellet. Positron production has been observed by detecting 511 keV annihilation gamma rays emerging from the irradiated CaF2 target.

  2. Improved source and transport of monoenergetic MeV positrons

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    Selim, F. A.; Hunt, A. W.; Golovchenko, J. A.; Howell, R. H.; Haakenaasen, R.; Lynn, K. G.

    2000-08-01

    A new monoenergetic MeV positron beam source was designed and constructed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) positron facility. The positron source provides a low emittance beam with high energy resolution for channeling, scattering, and in-flight annihilation experiments. New beam optics for extracting slow positrons from a moderator mounted in a Pelletron electrostatic accelerator is presented. A beam line was designed and constructed to energy analyze the output of the accelerator and to provide adjustable size and angular divergence beams to a target station. A post target large angle acceptance magnet separates positrons transmitted through the target from forward gamma ray emission.

  3. Perspectives for indirect dark matter search with AMS-2 using cosmic-ray electrons and positrons

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    Beischer, B.; von Doetinchem, P.; Gast, H.; Kirn, T.; Schael, S.

    2009-10-01

    The AMS-2 experiment will be launched with the Space Shuttle Discovery and installed on the International Space Station in 2010. It is designed to perform precision spectroscopy of many different cosmic-ray species including electrons and positrons. While the nature of dark matter is as yet unknown, dark matter annihilating in the Galactic halo is a well-motivated source of cosmic-ray electrons and positrons. The cosmic-ray positron fraction data available so far show significant deviations between different measurements and from the expectation for purely secondary production. The differences between the measurements up to particle energies of 6 GeV can be understood in a framework of charge-sign-dependent solar modulation and the spectra show excellent agreement if corrected for these time-dependent effects. Recent observations of an excess in the high-energy electron spectrum by ATIC might be connected to the excess in the positron fraction. A possible source of both signatures could be dark matter annihilation or a nearby pulsar. A measurement of the anisotropy of high-energy electrons could distinguish between both scenarios. Therefore the sky coverage of AMS-2 will be discussed in addition to possible dark matter scenarios and the sensitivity of the AMS-2 experiment to these effects.

  4. Non-thermal enhancement of electron-positron pair creation in burning thermonuclear laboratory plasmas

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    Hill, E. G.; Rose, S. J.

    2014-12-01

    We estimate the number of electron-positron pairs which will be produced during the burning of a Deuterium-Tritium (DT) plasma in conditions that are anticipated will be achieved at the National Ignition Facility. In particular we consider, for the first time, the effect of including the gamma photons produced in a low probability channel of the DT reaction. It is found that non-thermal effects driven by the fusion products are the dominant method of pair production, and lead to a number density of positrons within the capsule in excess of 3 × 1017 cm-3. The positrons are predominately produced by the Bethe-Heitler process and destroyed by two photon annihilation.

  5. Positron imaging system for plant study

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    Uchida, Hiroshi; Omura, Tomohide; Yamashita, Takaji

    2000-01-01

    The positron imaging system, which we have developed, is composed of two planar detectors which detect gamma-rays. These are placed on either side of a plant onto which tracers labeled with positron emitting nuclides have been fed. A pair of gamma rays produced by the annihilation of the positrons and electrons is measured simultaneously from both directions, to identify the tracer position. This measurement method enables dynamic movements of substances within the plant to be obtained as a two-dimensional image, without contact. (author)

  6. Positron astrophysics and areas of relation to low-energy positron physics

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    Guessoum, N.

    2014-01-01

    I briefly review our general knowledge of positron astrophysics, focusing mostly on the theoretical and modelling aspects. The experimental/observational aspects of the topic have recently been reviewed elsewhere [E. Churazov et al., Mon. Nat. R. Astron. Soc. 411, 1727 (2011); N. Prantazos et al., Rev. Mod. Phys. 83, 1001 (2011)]. In particular, I highlight the interactions and cross sections of the reactions that the positrons undergo in various cosmic media. Indeed, these must be of high interest to both the positron astrophysics community and the low-energy positron physics community in trying to find common areas of potential collaboration for the future or areas of research that will help the astrophysics community make further progress on the problem. The processes undergone by positrons from the moments of their birth to their annihilation (in the interstellar medium or other locations) are thus examined. The physics of the positron interactions with gases and solids (dust grains) and the physical conditions and characteristics of the environments where the processes of energy loss, positronium formation, and annihilation take place, are briefly reviewed. An explanation is given about how all the relevant physical information is taken into account in order to calculate annihilation rates and spectra of the 511 keV emission in the ISM; special attention is paid to positron interactions with dust and with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. In particular, an attempt is made to show to what extent the interactions between positrons and interstellar dust grains are similar to laboratory experiments in which beams of low-energy positrons impinge upon solids and surfaces. Sample results are shown for the effect of dust grains on positron annihilation spectra in some phases of the ISM which, together with high resolution spectra measured by satellites, can be used to infer useful knowledge about the environment where the annihilation is predominantly taking place

  7. Positron Spectroscopy of Nanodiamonds after Hydrogen Sorption

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    Lyudmila Nikitina

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available The structure and defects of nanodiamonds influence the hydrogen sorption capacity. Positronium can be used as a sensor for detecting places with the most efficient capture of hydrogen atoms. Hydrogenation of carbon materials was performed from gas atmosphere. The concentration of hydrogen absorbed by the sample depends on the temperature and pressure. The concentration 1.2 wt % is achieved at the temperature of 243 K and the pressure of 0.6 MPa. The hydrogen saturation of nanodiamonds changes the positron lifetime. Increase of sorption cycle numbers effects the positron lifetime, as well as the parameters of the Doppler broadening of annihilation line. The electron-positron annihilation being a sensitive method, it allows detecting the electron density fluctuation of the carbon material after hydrogen saturation.

  8. Diabolo creation and annihilation.

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    Freund, Isaac; Soskin, Marat S; Egorov, Roman I; Denisenko, Vladimir

    2006-08-15

    A point of circular polarization embedded in a paraxial field of elliptical polarization is a polarization singularity called a C point. At such a point the major axis a and minor axis b of the ellipse become degenerate. Away from the C point this degeneracy is lifted such that surfaces a and b form nonanalytic cones that are joined at their apex (the C point) to produce a double cone called a diabolo. Typically, during propagation diabolo pairs are created or annihilated. We present rules based on geometry and topology that govern these events, provide initial experimental confirmation, and enumerate the allowed configurations in which diabolos can be created or annihilated.

  9. Constraints on dark matter annihilation in clusters of galaxies with the Fermi large area telescope

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    Ackermann, M.; Ajello, M.; Allafort, A.; Bechtol, K.; Blanford, R.D.; Bloom, E.D.; Borgland, A.W.; Bouvier, A.; Buehler, R.; Cameron, R.A.; Charles, E.; Chiang, J.; Claus, R.; Do Couto E Silva, E.; Drell, P.S.; Drlica-Wagner, A.; Dubois, R.; Edmonds, Y.; Glanzman, T.; Godfrey, G.; Hayashida, M.; Johannesson, G.; Johnson, A.S.; Kamae, T.; Lande, J.; Lee, S.H.; Madejski, G.M.; Michelson, P.F.; Mitthumsiri, W.; Monzani, M.E.; Moskalenko, I.V.; Murgia, S.; Nolan, P.L.; Omodei, N.; Panetta, J.H.; Porter, T.A.; Tanaka, T.; Thayer, J.B.; Thayer, J.G.; Waite, A.P.; Wang, P.; Baldini, L.; Bellazzini, R.; Bregeon, J.; Kuss, M.; Latronico, L.; Pesce-Rollins, M.; Razzano, M.; Sgro, C.; Spandre, G.; Ballet, J.; Casandjian, J.M.; Grenier, I.A.; Starck, J.L.; Tibaldo, L.

    2010-01-01

    Nearby clusters and groups of galaxies are potentially bright sources of high-energy gamma-ray emission resulting from the pair-annihilation of dark matter particles. However, no significant gamma-ray emission has been detected so far from clusters in the first 11 months of observations with the Fermi Large Area Telescope. We interpret this non-detection in terms of constraints on dark matter particle properties. In particular for leptonic annihilation final states and particle masses greater than similar to 200 GeV, gamma-ray emission from inverse Compton scattering of CMB photons is expected to dominate the dark matter annihilation signal from clusters, and our gamma-ray limits exclude large regions of the parameter space that would give a good fit to the recent anomalous Pamela and Fermi-LAT electron-positron measurements. We also present constraints on the annihilation of more standard dark matter candidates, such as the lightest neutralino of supersymmetric models. The constraints are particularly strong when including the fact that clusters are known to contain substructure at least on galaxy scales, increasing the expected gamma-ray flux by a factor of similar to 5 over a smooth-halo assumption. We also explore the effect of uncertainties in cluster dark matter density profiles, finding a systematic uncertainty in the constraints of roughly a factor of two, but similar overall conclusions. In this work, we focus on deriving limits on dark matter models; a more general consideration of the Fermi-LAT data on clusters and clusters as gamma-ray sources is forthcoming. (authors)

  10. Using of slow positrons in various investigations - state of the art and perspectives

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    Belyaev, V N

    2000-01-01

    Slow positrons have become a unique probe in research of electronic structure of matter, in data acquisition on Fermi surface in metals and alloys, in studying of formation processes of structural and radiation defects in metals, semiconductors, polymers and nanocrystalline structures. First positron microscopes, PAES-spectrometers, positron ionization mass spectrometers and positron tomographs have been already created. In this paper results obtained by positron annihilation method in different research fields and possibilities of future progress in obtaining of high-intensity, high-brightness slow positron beams of variable energy are briefly discussed.

  11. Dynamical effects of annihilation in pair-dominated winds

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    Becker, Peter A.; Begelman, Mitchell C.

    1990-01-01

    The steady, spherically symmetric flow of an ideal fluid dominated by photons and ultrarelativistic electron-positron pairs is analyzed. A new wind equation and a set of critical point conditions are obtained which describe the relativistic flow of an annihilation gas in which the flow velocity exceeds the diffusion velocity of the photons. Numerical results are reported which suggest the possible existence of trapped, pure-pair winds driven by the combined pressure of the pairs and the photons. Most of the annihilation occurs below the critical radius in trapped flows, and a substantial fraction of the total energy of the injected pairs is converted into kinetic energy and radiation. Accurate numerical solutions for the flow velocity and the positron loss rate in optically thin, Newtonian winds are obtained, and a useful approximate analytic relation between the positron loss rate and the flow velocity is derived which suggests that a large number of pairs may survive the annihilation region, ultimately escaping the potential well.

  12. A real-time positron monitor for the estimation of stack effluent releases from PET medical cyclotron facilities

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    Mukherjee, Bhaskar.

    2002-01-01

    Large activities of short-lived positron emitting radiopharmaceuticals are routinely manufactured by modern Medical Cyclotron facilities for positron emission tomography (PET) applications. During radiochemical processing, a substantial fraction of the volatile positron emitting radiopharmaceuticals are released into the atmosphere. An inexpensive, fast response positron detector using a simple positron-annihilation chamber has been developed for real-time assessment of the stack release of positron emitting effluents at the Australian National Medical Cyclotron. The positron detector was calibrated by using a 3.0 ml (1.50 MBq) aliquot of 18 FDG and interfaced to an industrial standard datalogger for the real-time acquisition of stack release data

  13. The Isotropic Radio Background and Annihilating Dark Matter

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    Hooper, Dan [Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States); Belikov, Alexander V. [Institut d' Astrophysique (France); Jeltema, Tesla E. [Univ. of California, Santa Cruz, CA (United States); Linden, Tim [Univ. of California, Santa Cruz, CA (United States); Profumo, Stefano [Univ. of California, Santa Cruz, CA (United States); Slatyer, Tracy R. [Princeton Univ., Princeton, NJ (United States)

    2012-11-01

    Observations by ARCADE-2 and other telescopes sensitive to low frequency radiation have revealed the presence of an isotropic radio background with a hard spectral index. The intensity of this observed background is found to exceed the flux predicted from astrophysical sources by a factor of approximately 5-6. In this article, we consider the possibility that annihilating dark matter particles provide the primary contribution to the observed isotropic radio background through the emission of synchrotron radiation from electron and positron annihilation products. For reasonable estimates of the magnetic fields present in clusters and galaxies, we find that dark matter could potentially account for the observed radio excess, but only if it annihilates mostly to electrons and/or muons, and only if it possesses a mass in the range of approximately 5-50 GeV. For such models, the annihilation cross section required to normalize the synchrotron signal to the observed excess is sigma v ~ (0.4-30) x 10^-26 cm^3/s, similar to the value predicted for a simple thermal relic (sigma v ~ 3 x 10^-26 cm^3/s). We find that in any scenario in which dark matter annihilations are responsible for the observed excess radio emission, a significant fraction of the isotropic gamma ray background observed by Fermi must result from dark matter as well.

  14. Slow positron beam at the JINR, Dubna

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    Horodek Paweł

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The Low Energy Positron Toroidal Accumulator (LEPTA at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR proposed for generation of positronium in flight has been adopted for positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS. The positron injector generates continuous slow positron beam with positron energy range between 50 eV and 35 keV. The radioactive 22Na isotope is used. In distinction to popular tungsten foil, here the solid neon is used as moderator. It allows to obtain the beam intensity of about 105 e+/s width energy spectrum characterized by full width at half maximum (FWHM of 3.4 eV and a tail to lower energies of about 30 eV. The paper covers the characteristic of variable energy positron beam at the LEPTA facility: parameters, the rule of moderation, scheme of injector, and transportation of positrons into the sample chamber. Recent status of the project and its development in the field of PAS is discussed. As an example, the measurement of the positron diffusion length in pure iron is demonstrated.

  15. New Possibilities of Positron-Emission Tomography

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    Volobuev, A. N.

    2018-01-01

    The reasons for the emergence of the angular distribution of photons generated as a result of annihilation of an electron and a positron in a positron-emission tomograph are investigated. It is shown that the angular distribution of the radiation intensity (i.e., the probability of photon emission at different angles) is a consequence of the Doppler effect in the center-of-mass reference system of the electron and the positron. In the reference frame attached to the electron, the angular distribution of the number of emitted photons does not exists but is replaced by the Doppler shift of the frequency of photons. The results obtained in this study make it possible to extend the potentialities of the positron-emission tomograph in the diagnostics of diseases and to obtain additional mechanical characteristics of human tissues, such as density and viscosity.

  16. Defect studies with positrons: What could we learn on III-nitride heterostructures?

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    Tuomisto, Filip; Maeki, Jussi-Matti; Svensk, Olli; Toermae, Pekka T; Ali, Muhammad; Suihkonen, Sami; Sopanen, Markku

    2010-01-01

    We have applied positron annihilation spectroscopy to study 400 - 500 nm InGaN-based LED structures, as well as InGaN and AlGaN materials with varying In and Al contents. We find that the effect of adding In to GaN on the annihilation parameters obeys the Vegard's law, while in the case of AlGaN the possible effect of Al is completely screened by efficient formation of cation vacancies. The results obtained in the InGaN LED structures are indistinguishable from defect-free GaN, suggesting that the positrons annihilate preferentially in the barriers of the MQW system.

  17. Models of pair annihilation in 1E 1740.7-2942 and the HEAO 1 A-4 annihilation source

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    Maciolek-Niedzwiecki, Andrzej; Zdziarski, Andrzej

    1994-01-01

    We study possible models of two Galactic sources of transient pair annihilation radiation, 1E 1740.7-2942 and a source observed by High Energy Astronomy Observatory (HEAO) 1 A-4. We fit the observed spectral features by thermal annihilation spectra and find that the redshifts obtained by us are much larger than those obtained from fitting Caussian lines centered on 511 keV. This effect, which is due to the net blueshift (with respect to 511 keV) of the annihilation spectrum due to the thermal energies of pairs, puts strong constraints on models of sources. We consider those constraints first without considering the mechanism of positron production. From the shape of the observed spectra, we are able to rule out both spherical clouds and layers above cold matter as possible source geometries. The observed spectra are compatible with two source geometries: (1) a nearly face-on disk in the Kerr metric and (2) a jet close to a black hole. We consider, then, the origin of the pairs. Theories of both thermal and nonthermal pair equilibria predict that photon-pair production is unable to produce annihilation features that contain as much as half of the bolometric luminosity, which is observed. A possible solution to this problem is obscuration of a nonthermal source (in which pairs are produced by photon-photon collisions) and an outflow of pairs to an unobscured region. This makes annihilation in a jet the most likely model of the considered sources.

  18. A new liquid xenon scintillation detector for positron emission tomography

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    Chepel, V.Yu.

    1993-01-01

    A new positron-sensitive detector of annihilation photons filled with liquid xenon is proposed for positron emission tomography. Simultaneous detection of both liquid xenon scintillation and ionization current produces a time resolution of < 1 ns and a position resolution in the tangential direction of the tomograph ring is ∼ 1 mm and in the radial direction is ∼ 5 mm. The advantages of a tomograph with new detectors are discussed. New algorithms of Compton scattering can be used. (author)

  19. A method to detect positron anisotropies with Pamela data

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    Panico, B. [INFN, Sezione di Naples, I-80126 Naples (Italy); Adriani, O. [University of Florence, Department of Physics and Astronomy, I-50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Florence (Italy); INFN, Sezione di Florence, I-50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Florence (Italy); Barbarino, G.C. [INFN, Sezione di Naples, I-80126 Naples (Italy); University of Naples Federico II”, Department of Physics, I-80126 Naples (Italy); Bazilevskaya, G.A. [Lebedev Physical Institute, RU-119991, Moscow (Russian Federation); Bellotti, R. [University of Bari, Department of Physics, I-70126 Bari (Italy); INFN, Sezione di Bari, I-70126 Bari (Italy); Boezio, M. [INFN, Sezione di Trieste, I-34149 Trieste (Italy); Bogomolov, E.A. [Ioffe Physical Technical Institute, RU-194021 St. Petersburg (Russian Federation); Bongi, M. [University of Florence, Department of Physics and Astronomy, I-50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Florence (Italy); INFN, Sezione di Florence, I-50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Florence (Italy); Bonvicini, V. [INFN, Sezione di Trieste, I-34149 Trieste (Italy); Bottai, S. [University of Naples Federico II”, Department of Physics, I-80126 Naples (Italy); Bruno, A. [University of Bari, Department of Physics, I-70126 Bari (Italy); INFN, Sezione di Bari, I-70126 Bari (Italy); Cafagna, F. [INFN, Sezione di Bari, I-70126 Bari (Italy); Campana, D. [INFN, Sezione di Naples, I-80126 Naples (Italy); Carbone, R. [INFN, Sezione di Trieste, I-34149 Trieste (Italy); Carlson, P. [KTH, Department of Physics, and the Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics, AlbaNova University Centre, SE-10691 Stockholm (Sweden); Casolino, M. [INFN, Sezione di Rome Tor Vergata, I-00133 Rome (Italy); RIKEN, Advanced Science Institute, Wako-shi, Saitama (Japan); Castellini, G. [IFAC, I-50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Florence (Italy); De Donato, C. [INFN, Sezione di Rome Tor Vergata, I-00133 Rome (Italy); and others

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    The PAMELA experiment is collecting data since 2006; its results indicate the presence of a large flux of positron with respect to electrons in the CR spectrum above 10 GeV. This excess might also be originated in objects such as pulsars and microquasars or through dark matter annihilation. Here the electrons and positrons events collected by PAMELA have been analized searching for anisotropies. The analysis is performed at different angular scales and results will be presented at the conference.

  20. Bubble chamber: antiproton annihilation

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    These images show real particle tracks from the annihilation of an antiproton in the 80 cm Saclay liquid hydrogen bubble chamber. A negative kaon and a neutral kaon are produced in this process, as well as a positive pion. The invention of bubble chambers in 1952 revolutionized the field of particle physics, allowing real tracks left by particles to be seen and photographed by expanding liquid that had been heated to boiling point.

  1. A calculation of Zsub(eff) for low-energy positron-hydrogen-molecule scattering

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    Armour, E.A.G.; Baker, D.J.

    1985-01-01

    The value of Zsub(eff), the effective number of electrons per molecule available to the positron for annihilation, is calculated for low-energy positron-hydrogen-molecule scattering using the scattering wavefunctions obtained in recent detailed ab initio calculations. The results are higher than those obtained in previous calculations but much lower than the experimental value. (author)

  2. Positron lifetime measurements on electron irradiated amorphous alloys

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    Moser, P.; Hautojaervi, P.; Chamberod, A.; Yli-Kauppila, J.; Van Zurk, R.

    1981-08-01

    Great advance in understanding the nature of point defects in crystalline metals has been achieved by employing positron annihilation technique. Positrons detect vacancy-type defects and the lifetime value of trapped positrons gives information on the size of submicroscopic vacancy aglomerates and microvoids. In this paper it is shown that low-temperature electron irradiations can result in a considerable increase in the positron lifetimes in various amorphous alloys because of the formation of vacancy-like defects which, in addition of the pre-existing holes, are able to trap positrons. Studied amorphous alloys were Fe 80 B 20 , Pd 80 Si 20 , Cu 50 Ti 50 , and Fe 40 Ni 40 P 14 B 6 . Electron irradiations were performed with 3 MeV electrons at 20 K to doses around 10 19 e - /cm 2 . After annealing positron lifetime spectra were measured at 77 K

  3. Large-dimension configuration-interaction calculations of positron binding to the group-II atoms

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    Bromley, M. W. J.; Mitroy, J.

    2006-01-01

    The configuration-interaction (CI) method is applied to the calculation of the structures of a number of positron binding systems, including e + Be, e + Mg, e + Ca, and e + Sr. These calculations were carried out in orbital spaces containing about 200 electron and 200 positron orbitals up to l=12. Despite the very large dimensions, the binding energy and annihilation rate converge slowly with l, and the final values do contain an appreciable correction obtained by extrapolating the calculation to the l→∞ limit. The binding energies were 0.00317 hartree for e + Be, 0.0170 hartree for e + Mg, 0.0189 hartree for e + Ca, and 0.0131 hartree for e + Sr

  4. A Monte Carlo model to produce baryons in e+e- annihilation

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    Meyer, T.

    1981-08-01

    A simple model is described extending the Field-Feynman model to baryon production in quark fragmentation. The model predicts baryon baryon correlations within jets and in opposite jets produced in electron-positron annihilation. Existing data is well described by the model. (orig.)

  5. Cascade model of gamma-ray bursts: Power-law and annihilation-line components

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    Harding, A. K.; Sturrock, P. A.; Daugherty, J. K.

    1988-01-01

    If, in a neutron star magnetosphere, an electron is accelerated to an energy of 10 to the 11th or 12th power eV by an electric field parallel to the magnetic field, motion of the electron along the curved field line leads to a cascade of gamma rays and electron-positron pairs. This process is believed to occur in radio pulsars and gamma ray burst sources. Results are presented from numerical simulations of the radiation and photon annihilation pair production processes, using a computer code previously developed for the study of radio pulsars. A range of values of initial energy of a primary electron was considered along with initial injection position, and magnetic dipole moment of the neutron star. The resulting spectra was found to exhibit complex forms that are typically power law over a substantial range of photon energy, and typically include a dip in the spectrum near the electron gyro-frequency at the injection point. The results of a number of models are compared with data for the 5 Mar., 1979 gamma ray burst. A good fit was found to the gamma ray part of the spectrum, including the equivalent width of the annihilation line.

  6. L3: Decay of Z0 to positron-electron pair

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    This track is an example of real data collected from the L3 detector on the Large Electron-Positron (LEP) collider at CERN, which ran between 1989 and 2000. An electron-positron pair is captured within the L3 detector, which originated from the decay of a Z0, that was in turn produced through the annihilation of an electron and positron within the LEP beams.

  7. Positron camera with high-density avalanche chambers

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    Manfrass, D.; Enghardt, W.; Fromm, W.D.; Wohlfarth, D.; Hennig, K.

    1988-01-01

    The results of an extensive investigation of the properties of high-density avalanche chambers (HIDAC) are presented. This study has been performed in order to optimize the layout of HIDAC detectors, since they are intended to be applied as position sensitive detectors for annihilation radiation in a positron emission tomograph being under construction. (author)

  8. Electron-positron momentum density in TTF-TCNQ

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    Ishibashi, S.; Manuel, A.A.; Hoffmann, L.

    1997-01-01

    We present measurements of the positron two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR) in TTF-TCNQ. We report also theoretical simulations of the 2D-ACAR in which the electron wave functions were expressed as TTF or TCNQ molecular orbitals obtained from self-consistent qu...

  9. Interlaboratory comparison of positron and positronium lifetimes in polymers

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    Wastlund, C.; Eldrup, Morten Mostgaard; Maurer, F.H.J.

    1998-01-01

    A comparison of the results of a series of positron annihilation lifetime measurements performed in 12 laboratories is presented. The measurements were conducted on three different polymer samples, all prepared in one laboratory under standard conditions. The objective of the work was to gain...

  10. Comparison of Anger camera and BGO mosaic position-sensitive detectors for `Super ACAR`. Precision electron momentum densities via angular correlation of annihilation radiation

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    Mills, A.P. Jr. [Bell Labs. Murray Hill, NJ (United States); West, R.N.; Hyodo, Toshio

    1997-03-01

    We discuss the relative merits of Anger cameras and Bismuth Germanate mosaic counters for measuring the angular correlation of positron annihilation radiation at a facility such as the proposed Positron Factory at Takasaki. The two possibilities appear equally cost effective at this time. (author)

  11. Positron production using a 1.7 MV pelletron accelerator

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    Alcantara, K. F.; Santos, A. C. F. [Instituto de Fisica, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Caixa Postal 68528, Rio de Janeiro, RJ 21941-972 (Brazil); Crivelli, P. [Institute for Particle Physics, ETH Zurich (Switzerland)

    2013-04-19

    We report the foremost phase of a fourth generation positron source, being constructed at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Positron yields are reported by making use of the {sup 19}F(p,{alpha}e{sup +}e{sup -}){sup 16}O reaction, where the fluorine target is in the form of a CaF{sub 2} pellet. Positron production has been observed by detecting 511 keV annihilation gamma rays emerging from the irradiated CaF{sub 2} target.

  12. Biological Effectiveness of Antiproton Annihilation

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    Maggiore, C.; Agazaryan, N.; Bassler, N.

    2004-01-01

    from the annihilation of antiprotons produce an increase in ‘‘biological dose’’ in the vicinity of the narrow Bragg peak for antiprotons compared to protons. This experiment is the first direct measurement of the biological effects of antiproton annihilation. The background, description, and status...

  13. Multi-messenger constraints and pressure from dark matter annihilation into e--e+ pairs

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    Wechakama, Maneenate

    2013-01-01

    Despite striking evidence for the existence of dark matter from astrophysical observations, dark matter has still escaped any direct or indirect detection until today. Therefore a proof for its existence and the revelation of its nature belongs to one of the most intriguing challenges of nowadays cosmology and particle physics. The present work tries to investigate the nature of dark matter through indirect signatures from dark matter annihilation into electron-positron pairs in two different ways, pressure from dark matter annihilation and multi-messenger constraints on the dark matter annihilation cross-section. We focus on dark matter annihilation into electron-positron pairs and adopt a model-independent approach, where all the electrons and positrons are injected with the same initial energy E 0 ∝m dm c 2 . The propagation of these particles is determined by solving the diffusion-loss equation, considering inverse Compton scattering, synchrotron radiation, Coulomb collisions, bremsstrahlung, and ionization. The first part of this work, focusing on pressure from dark matter annihilation, demonstrates that dark matter annihilation into electron-positron pairs may affect the observed rotation curve by a significant amount. The injection rate of this calculation is constrained by INTEGRAL, Fermi, and H.E.S.S. data. The pressure of the relativistic electron-positron gas is computed from the energy spectrum predicted by the diffusion-loss equation. For values of the gas density and magnetic field that are representative of the Milky Way, it is estimated that the pressure gradients are strong enough to balance gravity in the central parts if E 0 0 . By comparing the predicted rotation curves with observations of dwarf and low surface brightness galaxies, we show that the pressure from dark matter annihilation may improve the agreement between theory and observations in some cases, but it also imposes severe constraints on the model parameters (most notably, the

  14. A Southern African positron beam

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    Britton, D.T.; Haerting, M.; Teemane, M.R.B.; Mills, S.; Nortier, F.M.; Van der Walt, T.N.

    1997-01-01

    The first stage of a state of the art positron beam, being constructed at the University of Cape Town, is currently being brought into operation. This is the first positron beam on the African continent, as well as being the first positron beam dedicated to solid and surface studies in the southern hemisphere. The project also contains a high proportion of local development, including the encapsulated 22 Na positron source developed by our collaboration. Novel features in the design include a purely magnetic in-line deflector, working in the solenoidal guiding field, to eliminate unmoderated positrons and block the direct line of sight to the source. A combined magnetic projector and single pole probe forming lens is being implemented in the second phase of construction to achieve a spot size of 10 μm without remoderation

  15. Positron annihilation and tribological studies of nano-embedded Al ...

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    There is growing interest in binary immiscible systems as potential objects of different studies and applications. Such systems have been applied as bearing materials long time ago (see the review in ref. 1). For instance Al–Sn system is used as bearing material, due to a good combi- nation of strength and surface properties ...

  16. Positron Annihilation Lifetime Studies of Deformed and Shock Loaded Tantalum

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    Stepp, David

    1999-01-01

    .... The authors conclude that these results support the theory that deformation in tantalum is controlled by dislocation drag above the Peierls stress and that strain rate effects, which are dearly...

  17. Quark flavor identification in electron-positron annihilation

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    Kaye, H.S.

    1983-09-01

    The theoretical issues relevant to inclusive muon analysis, the MAC detector and its data flow structure, the identification of muons in hadronic events and the measurement of their momenta, and the selection of events so as to minimize background are described. Experimental results are presented describing the fragmentation of heavy quarks into hadrons, the semimuonic branching fractions of the heavy quarks, the asymmetry in the angular distribution of the heavy quarks, and the invariant mass and charged multiplicity of heavy quark jets. In addition, lower limits are set on the masses of certain proposed particles that are expected to decay semileptonically. Finally, events containing two muons are analyzed in order to investigate the possibility of mixing in the B-B system and whether the b might form its own SU(2) singlet

  18. Three Dimensional Positron Annihilation Momentum Spectroscopy of Lithium Tetraborate Crystals

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    2013-03-21

    L ::II · - - ... .... .. 1.1 ::. 1! 11" • l’l’ H.PJI II:II . r l:ll -:19-1 _ . ..... 1!11 .. .. ..... ::. ... .. .. · ; 11: :r a 1:1 ,. f" lol !5...l:lli::I.EIB PI 1 . .. P. lol L" :II Ill • I I i!l -. . .. .. . " 1!: 41 • .. , ••• . ·. . ·. Horizontal Axis (mm] 69 angular deviation, and

  19. Positron annihilation and tribological studies of nano-embedded Al ...

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    However, the rapid solidification process is also used. This process allows to produce the micro- and nano-scaled dispersoids in the alloys. Bhattacharya et al3–6 established the good tribological properties under mild wear condition of the nano-embedded Al alloys obtained in such a process. The effect of particle's size on.

  20. Brane annihilations during inflation

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    Battefeld, Diana; Battefeld, Thorsten; Firouzjahi, Hassan; Khosravi, Nima

    2010-01-01

    We investigate brane inflation driven by two stacks of mobile branes in a throat. The stack closest to the bottom of the throat annihilates first with antibranes, resulting in particle production and a change of the equation of state parameter w. We calculate analytically some observable signatures of the collision; related decays are common in multi-field inflation, providing the motivation for this case study. The discontinuity in w enters the matching conditions relating perturbations in the remaining degree of freedom before and after the collision, affecting the power-spectrum of curvature perturbations. We find an oscillatory modulation of the power-spectrum for scales within the horizon at the time of the collision, and a slightly redder spectrum on super-horizon scales. We comment on implications for staggered inflation

  1. Geant4 simulation of annihilation and excitation of positronium

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    The purpose of this report is to document the work done during the summer of 2016 (18/6- 26/8) as a part of the CERN Summer Student Programme. The work has been done at the AEgIS (Antihydrogen Experiment: Gravity, Interferometry, Spectroscopy) collaboration under the supervision of Lillian Smestad and Michael Doser. The goal of the project was to create a Monte Carlo simulation in Geant4, of Positronium annihilation and excitation in the positron test chamber of the AEgIs experiment.

  2. Excessive sensitivity of momentum densities to crystal potentials as a reason for difficulties in verifying positron enhancement theories

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    Sormann, H.

    2001-01-01

    The excessive sensitivity of the momentum densities of electron-positron annihilation pairs (MDAP) to crystal potentials found in this study severely deteriorates a possibility to use a comparison between theoretical and experimental MDAP results as a criterion for the legitimacy of electron-positron interaction theories. Illustrative examples are given. (orig.)

  3. Subliminal psychodynamic activation method and annihilation anxiety: preliminary findings.

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    Greenberg, A C

    1992-02-01

    Research with the subliminal psychodynamic activation (SPA) method has led to improvements in subjects' functioning in a variety of areas, including but not limited to weight control, school grades, and feelings of general anxiety. In 1987, Hurvich proposed that the SPA method could be used to further the understanding of annihilation anxiety. 100 nonclinical subjects completed questionnaires pertaining to annihilation anxiety, psychological differentiation, and state anxiety and were tachistoscopically exposed to the subliminal message of symbiotic-like oneness, MOMMY AND I ARE ONE, and to control messages. Analysis showed that women with low annihilation anxiety had significantly lower state anxiety than women with high annihilation anxiety, regardless of the content of the subliminal message; results did not reach significance for men. Correlations among scores on the questionnaires also were noted.

  4. Stability of a positron lifetime measurement system, and investigation the types and concentrations of defects induced by10 MeV electron irradiation on n- and p-types Si

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    Full Text Available Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy method with valuation of non-destructive investigation of material, provides information about electron density, defect concentration, type of defects and atoms around the defects. The stability of the system was tested with a source. The time resolution of the whole system has been derived about 365 ps at FWHM. Then n- and p-type silicon samples were irradiated with a 10 MeV electron beam with dosage of 3, 12, and 30 kGy. Three components were fitted to the lifetime spectra using the PAScual program. The first component is related to the positron annihilation in the positron source which was obtained 186 ps. The second component is related to the positron annihilation lifetime in the sample bulk which was obtained 218 ps. The last lifetime component which is related to the positron annihilation in defect was small and sample dependent

  5. Calculation of the detection efficiency in liquid scintillators. II. Single positron emitters; Calculo de la eficiencia de deteccion en liquidos centelleadores. II Nucleidos que se desintegran por emision simple de positrones

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    Grau Malonda, A.; Garcia Torano, E.

    1982-07-01

    Counting efficiency as a function of the figure of merit for 30 positron emitters has been computed from the positron energy spectrum. Only the efficiency contribution of positrons has been taken into consideration. The contribution of the annihilation photons depending on the volume of the scintillator will be investigated in a near future. Efficiency vs figure of merit is plotted and tabulated. (Author) 19 refs.

  6. Present state and development of positron tomographs

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    Allemand, R.; Gariod, R.; Laval, M.; Tournier, F.

    1979-01-01

    This document presents the main characteristics of positron tomographs and analyses the relative importance of the parameters to be taken into consideration in the design of a tomograph: on the one hand, the physical parameters linked to the measurement of the annihilation photons by time coincidence and, on the other, the geometrical and technological parameters of prime importance in minimizing the many spurious effects. The last part endeavours to show this sort of instrumentation has evolved. Using the results obtained in our laboratory by mathematical simulation, the expected advantages are presented on the picture quality of the time of flight measurement of annihilation photons. Where the physical aspects of this method are concerned, the advantage of using cesium fluoride as scintillator is demonstrated [fr

  7. On LCAO positron wavefunctions in crystals

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    Obermayr, W; Sznajder, M

    2006-01-01

    In this work we deal with the construction of delocalized positron wavefunctions in crystalline solids within the linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) scheme. The present method leads to an accurate wavefunction of a positron, both in the core and in the interstitial region of a crystal. Furthermore, its representation by a superposition of atomic orbitals is simple enough for the application to calculations of expectation values, like e.g. of accurate electron-positron annihilation rates (high momentum components). The representation of the positron wavefunction can be optimized with respect to the two points of view: firstly, the number of orbitals in the LCAO representation can be minimized (e.g. within the localized spherical orbitals (LSO) method) or, secondly, the orbitals can be chosen to be well-localized around their atoms and vanishing near all others: this leads to the computational advantage, that three- or multicenter integrals arising during numerical calculations can be replaced by oneand two-center integrals which are treated using standard numerical techniques in spherical polar or elliptic coordinates. The transformation from the first into the second representation can be performed via a 'fuzzy' cellular partitioning of the crystal volume via an analytically continuous shape-function. Finally we demonstrate our method in the case of a positron in lithium

  8. An asymmetric distribution of positrons in the Galactic disk revealed by γ-rays

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    Weidenspointner, G.; Skinner, G.; Jean, P.; Knoedlseder, J.; Von Ballmoos, P.; Bignami, G.; Weidenspointner, G.; Diehl, R.; Strong, A.; Weidenspointner, G.; Skinner, G.; Skinner, G.; Skinner, G.; Cordier, B.; Schanne, S.; Winkler, Ch.; Bignami, G.

    2008-01-01

    Gamma-ray line radiation at 511 keV is the signature of electron positron annihilation. Such radiation has been known for 30 years to come from the general direction of the Galactic Centre, but the origin of the positrons has remained a mystery. Stellar nucleosynthesis, accreting compact objects, and even the annihilation of exotic dark-matter particles have all been suggested. Here we report a distinct asymmetry in the 511 keV line emission coming from the inner Galactic disk (∼ 10-50 degrees from the Galactic Centre). This asymmetry resembles an asymmetry in the distribution of low mass X-ray binaries with strong emission at photon energies ≥20 keV ('hard' LMXBs), indicating that they may be the dominant origin of the positrons. Although it had long been suspected that electron-positron pair plasmas may exist in X-ray binaries, it was not evident that many of the positrons could escape to lose energy and ultimately annihilate with electrons in the interstellar medium and thus lead to the emission of a narrow 511 keV line. For these models, our result implies that up to a few times 10 41 positrons escape per second from a typical hard LMXB. Positron production at this level from hard LMXBs in the Galactic bulge would reduce (and possibly eliminate) the need for more exotic explanations, such as those involving dark matter. (authors)

  9. Variable-energy positron-beam studies of Ni implanted with He

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    Lynn, K.G.; Chen, D.M.; Nielsen, B.; Pareja, R.; Myers, S.

    1986-01-01

    Variable-energy positron-beam studies have been made on well-annealed polycrystalline Ni samples implanted with 30-, 90-, and 180-keV 4 He ions. The positron-annihilation characteristics were measured with a solid-state Ge detector at a number of different incident-positron energies and after isochronal annealing at various temperatures. The Doppler broadening of the annihilation photons was found to be strongly influenced by the 4 He implantations. The data indicate that trapping of the positrons occurred predominantly at small He bubbles. The variation of the broadening with incident-positron energy was sensitive to the depth distribution of the traps. A diffusion model assuming a square concentration-defect profile was developed and analytically fitted to the parametrized momentum data. These fitted results were compared to Monte Carlo range calculations for 4 He in Ni, and fairly good agreement was found. This investigation demonstrates the capabilities of positron annihilation for nondestructive depth profiling in ion-implanted systems. In addition, it establishes parallels between the trapping behavior of positrons and that reported elsewhere for hydrogen, thereby augmenting the present level of understanding of the technologically important trapping of hydrogen by the bubbles

  10. Compton-backscattered annihilation radiation from the Galactic Center region

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    Smith, D. M.; Lin, R. P.; Feffer, P.; Slassi, S.; Hurley, K.; Matteson, J.; Bowman, H. B.; Pelling, R. M.; Briggs, M.; Gruber, D.

    1993-01-01

    On 1989 May 22, the High Energy X-ray and Gamma-ray Observatory for Nuclear Emissions, a balloon-borne high-resolution germanium spectrometer with an 18-deg FOV, observed the Galactic Center (GC) from 25 to 2500 keV. The GC photon spectrum is obtained from the count spectrum by a model-independent method which accounts for the effects of passive material in the instrument and scattering in the atmosphere. Besides a positron annihilation line with a flux of (10.0 +/- 2.4) x 10 exp -4 photons/sq cm s and a full width at half-maximum (FWHM) of (2.9 + 1.0, -1.1) keV, the spectrum shows a peak centered at (163.7 +/- 3.4) keV with a flux of (1.55 +/- 0.47) x 10 exp -3 photons/sq cm s and a FWHM of (24.4 +/- 9.2) keV. The energy range 450-507 keV shows no positronium continuum associated with the annihilation line, with a 2-sigma upper limit of 0.90 on the positronium fraction. The 164 keV feature is interpreted as Compton backscatter of broadened and redshifted annihilation radiation, possibly from the source 1E 1740.7-2942.

  11. Misunderstandings connected with the problem of electron-positron interaction in metals

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    Stachowiak, H.; Boronski, E. [Polska Akademia Nauk, Wroclaw (Poland). Inst. Niskich Temperatur i Badan Strukturalnych

    1997-10-01

    It is pointed out that some misunderstandings concerning the theory of electron-positron interaction are an obstacle in a reliable experimental determination of the annihilation characteristics in simple metals. A two step program of reaching progress in this direction is proposed. First a definitive conclusion concerning the applicability of the consequently many-body approach of Arponen and Pajanne in describing positron annihilation in metals. Then a precise determination of the momentum dependence of enhancement, since the approximate biquadratic formula of Kahana, generally and uncritically used by experimentalists, differs in an essential way from the exact solution of the Kahana equation. (author). 17 refs, 1 fig., 1 tab.

  12. Physical and technical basis of positron emission tomography (PET)

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    Bauer, R.

    1994-01-01

    Positron emission tomography utilizes the annihilation of positrons, generating pairs of gamma quanta which are emitted in opposing directions. 'Electronic collimation' is performed by coincident detection of both quanta. Thus, there is no need for mechanical collimators and no limiting connection between sensitivity and spatial resolution. Transversal tomograms are reconstructed from the projection data by means of highly sophisticated data processing. The half life of the most positron emitters used in medical applications is short and of the order of some minutes. Therefore, many positron emitters have to be produced on-side by means of a cyclotron. PET is superior to SPECT with respect to physical and technical aspects, but the high costs of PET limit its wide-spread use up to now. (orig.) [de

  13. Development of pulsed MeV positron beam line

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    Maekawa, Masaki; Kawasuso, Atsuo; Itoh, Hisayoshi [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Takasaki, Gunma (Japan). Takasaki Radiation Chemistry Research Establishment; Masuno, Shinichi [Mitsubishi Electric Engineering Company Limited, Tokyo (Japan); Hirano, Takeshi; Kondo, Masakazu [Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Tokyo (Japan); Okada, Sohei [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Kashiwa, Chiba (Japan)

    2003-03-01

    We have developed a high-energy pulsed positron beam apparatus employing an RF acceleration method in order to apply positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) studies to bulk materials at high-temperature and/or high-pressure conditions. This apparatus contains a slow positron pulsing system and a radio frequency (RF) acceleration cavity. Performance tests were carried out using electron and positron beams. Beam energy ({approx}1 MeV), s beam size ({phi} 0.5 mm) and a beam transmission are as good as expectations of machine design. In the time structures of accelerated beam, satellite pulses superposed on broad pulses were observed. In order to make PULS measurement using RF cavity, it is important to form a high quality beam with single fine pulses by refine of the bunching system and the RF source driven with high duty ratio. (author)

  14. Positronic complexes with unnatural parity

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    Bromley, M. W. J.; Mitroy, J.; Varga, K.

    2007-01-01

    The structure of the unnatural parity states of PsH, LiPs, NaPs, and KPs are investigated with the configuration interaction and stochastic variational methods. The binding energies (in hartree) are found to be 8.17x10 -4 , 4.42x10 -4 , 15.14x10 -4 , and 21.80x10 -4 , respectively. These states are constructed by first coupling the two electrons into a configuration which is predominantly 3 P e , and then adding a p-wave positron. All the active particles are in states in which the relative angular momentum between any pair of particles is at least L=1. The LiPs state is Borromean since there are no three-body bound subsystems (of the correct symmetry) of the (Li + , e - , e - , e + ) particles that make up the system. The dominant decay mode of these states will be radiative decay into a configuration that autoionizes or undergoes positron annihilation

  15. Positron emission mammography imaging

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    Moses, William W.

    2003-01-01

    This paper examines current trends in Positron Emission Mammography (PEM) instrumentation and the performance tradeoffs inherent in them. The most common geometry is a pair of parallel planes of detector modules. They subtend a larger solid angle around the breast than conventional PET cameras, and so have both higher efficiency and lower cost. Extensions to this geometry include encircling the breast, measuring the depth of interaction (DOI), and dual-modality imaging (PEM and x-ray mammogra...

  16. Cold Positrons from Decaying Dark Matter

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    Boubekeur, Lotfi [Universitate de Valencia (Spain); Dodelson, Scott [Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States); Vives, Oscar [Universitate de Valencia (Spain)

    2012-11-01

    Many models of dark matter contain more than one new particle beyond those in the Standard Model. Often heavier particles decay into the lightest dark matter particle as the Universe evolves. Here we explore the possibilities that arise if one of the products in a (Heavy Particle) $\\rightarrow$ (Dark Matter) decay is a positron, and the lifetime is shorter than the age of the Universe. The positrons cool down by scattering off the cosmic microwave background and eventually annihilate when they fall into Galactic potential wells. The resulting 511 keV flux not only places constraints on this class of models but might even be consistent with that observed by the INTEGRAL satellite.

  17. Defects in electron irradiated vitreous SiO2 probed by positron annihiliation

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    Uedono, Akira; Tanigawa, Shoichiro; Kawano, Takao; Itoh, Hisayoshi

    1994-01-01

    Defects in 3 MeV electron irradiated vitreous SiO 2 (v-SiO 2 ) were probed by the positron annihilation technique. For unirradiated v-SiO 2 specimens, almost all positrons were found to annihilate from positronium (Ps) states. This high formation probability of Ps was attributed to the trapping of positrons by open-space defects. The formation probability of Ps was decreased by the electron irradiation. The observed inhibition of the Ps formation was attributed to the trapping of positrons by point defects introduced and/or activated by the irradiation. From measurements of the lifetime distribution of Ps, it was found that, by the electron irradiation, the mean size of open-space defects was decreased and the size distribution of such defects was broadened. (Author)

  18. Defects in electron irradiated vitreous SiO[sub 2] probed by positron annihiliation

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    Uedono, Akira; Tanigawa, Shoichiro (Tsukuba Univ., Ibaraki (Japan). Inst. of Materials Science); Kawano, Takao (Tsukuba Univ., Ibaraki (Japan). Radioisotope Centre); Itoh, Hisayoshi (Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Takasaki, Gunma (Japan). Takasaki Radiation Chemistry Research Establishment)

    1994-10-10

    Defects in 3 MeV electron irradiated vitreous SiO[sub 2] (v-SiO[sub 2]) were probed by the positron annihilation technique. For unirradiated v-SiO[sub 2] specimens, almost all positrons were found to annihilate from positronium (Ps) states. This high formation probability of Ps was attributed to the trapping of positrons by open-space defects. The formation probability of Ps was decreased by the electron irradiation. The observed inhibition of the Ps formation was attributed to the trapping of positrons by point defects introduced and/or activated by the irradiation. From measurements of the lifetime distribution of Ps, it was found that, by the electron irradiation, the mean size of open-space defects was decreased and the size distribution of such defects was broadened. (Author).

  19. Probing the CuO planes with positrons in high Tc cuprates: theoretical predictions

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    Barbiellini, B.; Jarlborg, T.; Massidda, S.; Peter, M.

    1995-01-01

    Positron annihilation spectroscopy is a useful tool to investigate the Fermi surface in high T c superconductors. To study the physics of the copper-oxygen subsystem that forms the Cu-O layers, it is important to provide theoretical predictions, on materials where there is a large overlap between the positron and the interesting Cu-O planes. We have performed first-principle electronic structure calculations obtained using the linear muffin-tin orbital and the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave methods. The positron charge distributions and their sensitivity to different potentials are calculated. Secondly, we have computed the annihilation rates and the electron-positron momentum density in order to give predictions of the Fermi surface signals. (orig.)

  20. Biological effectiveness of antiproton annihilation

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    Holzscheiter, Michael H.; Bassler, Niels; Beyer, Gerd; De Marco, John J.; Doser, Michael; Ichioka, Toshiyasu; Iwamoto, Keisuke S.; Knudsen, Helge V.; Landua, Rolf; Maggiore, Carl; McBride, William H.; Møller, Søren Pape; Petersen, Jorgen; Smathers, James B.; Skarsgard, Lloyd D.; Solberg, Timothy D.; Uggerhøj, Ulrik I.; Withers, H.Rodney; Vranjes, Sanja; Wong, Michelle; Wouters, Bradly G.

    2004-01-01

    We describe an experiment designed to determine whether or not the densely ionizing particles emanating from the annihilation of antiprotons produce an increase in “biological dose” in the vicinity of the narrow Bragg peak for antiprotons compared to protons. This experiment is the first direct measurement of the biological effects of antiproton annihilation. The experiment has been approved by the CERN Research Board for running at the CERN Antiproton Decelerator (AD) as AD-4/ACE (Antiproton Cell Experiment) and has begun data taking in June of 2003. The background, description and the current status of the experiment are given.

  1. Biological effectiveness of antiproton annihilation

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    Holzscheiter, M.H.; Agazaryan, N.; Bassler, Niels

    2004-01-01

    We describe an experiment designed to determine whether or not the densely ionizing particles emanating from the annihilation of antiprotons produce an increase in ‘‘biological dose’’ in the vicinity of the narrow Bragg peak for antiprotons compared to protons. This experiment is the first direct...... measurement of the biological effects of antiproton annihilation. The experiment has been approved by the CERN Research Board for running at the CERN Antiproton Decelerator (AD) as AD-4/ACE (Antiproton Cell Experiment) and has begun data taking in June of 2003. The background, description and the current...

  2. Annihilation model of the Tormac sheath

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    Hammer, J.H.

    1979-02-01

    A one-dimensional, steady state fluid model is developed to describe the boundary layer between plasma and magnetic field that occurs in the Tormac sheath. Similar systems which may be treatable by the same model are tokamaks with divertors and reversed field mirrors. The model includes transport across the magnetic field as well as mirror losses along the field, the latter being represented as annihilation terms in the one-dimensional equations. The model equations are derived from the two-dimensional, time dependent hierarchy of equations generated by taking velocity moments of the kinetic equation including collisions

  3. Four-dimensional positron age-momentum correlation

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    Ackermann, Ulrich; Löwe, Benjamin; Dickmann, Marcel; Mitteneder, Johannes; Sperr, Peter; Egger, Werner; Reiner, Markus; Dollinger, Günther

    2016-11-01

    We have performed first four-dimensional age-momentum correlation (4D-AMOC) measurements at a pulsed high intensity positron micro beam and determined the absolute value of the three-dimensional momentum of the electrons annihilating with the positrons in coincidence with the positron age in the sample material. We operated two position sensitive detectors in coincidence to measure the annihilation radiation: a pixelated HPGe-detector and a microchannel plate image intensifier with a CeBr3 scintillator pixel array. The transversal momentum resolution of the 4D-AMOC setup was measured to be about 17 × 10-3 {m}0c (FWHM) and was circa 3.5 times larger than the longitudinal momentum resolution. The total time resolution was 540 ps (FWHM). We measured two samples: a gold foil and a carbon tape at a positron implantation energy of 2 keV. For each sample discrete electron momentum states and their respective positron lifetimes were extracted.

  4. Spin-polarization of an electro-static positron beam

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    Kawasuso, A.; Maekawa, M.

    2008-01-01

    We constructed an electro-static positron beam apparatus. We fabricated a simple spin-polarimeter composed of a permanent magnet with a surface magnetic field of 0.65 T and an iron pole piece. The longitudinal spin-polarization of the positron beam was determined to be 0.3 by analyzing the magnetic field dependence of the Doppler broadening of annihilation radiation from a fused silica specimen. The effect of spin rotation was examined using an iron poly-crystal and a simple E x B filter

  5. Elastic positron-cadmium scattering at low energies

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    Bromley, M. W. J.; Mitroy, J.

    2010-01-01

    The elastic and annihilation cross sections for positron-cadmium scattering are reported up to the positronium-formation threshold (at 2.2 eV). The low-energy phase shifts for the elastic scattering of positrons from cadmium were derived from the bound and pseudostate energies of a very large basis configuration-interaction calculation of the e + -Cd system. The s-wave binding energy is estimated to be 126±42 meV, with a scattering length of A scat =(14.2±2.1)a 0 , while the threshold annihilation parameter, Z eff , was 93.9±26.5. The p-wave phase shift exhibits a weak shape resonance that results in a peak Z eff of 91±17 at a collision energy of about 490±50 meV.

  6. PALSfit3: A software package for analysing positron lifetime spectra

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    Kirkegaard, Peter; Olsen, Jens V.; Eldrup, Morten Mostgaard

    The present report describes a Windows based computer program called PALSfit3. The purpose of the program is to carry out analyses of spectra that have been measured by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS). PALSfit3 is based on the well tested PATFIT and PALS fit programs, which hav...... in a text window. PALSfit3 is verified on Windows XP and Windows 7, 8 and 10. The PALSfit3 software can be acquired from the Technical University of Denmark (http://PALSfit.dk)......The present report describes a Windows based computer program called PALSfit3. The purpose of the program is to carry out analyses of spectra that have been measured by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS). PALSfit3 is based on the well tested PATFIT and PALS fit programs, which have...

  7. Precise tests of QCD in e{sup +}e{sup {minus}} annihilation

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    Burrows, P.N.

    1997-03-01

    A pedagogical review is given of precise tests of QCD in electron-positron annihilation. Emphasis is placed on measurements that have served to establish QCD as the correct theory of strong interactions, as well as measurements of the coupling parameter {alpha}{sub s}. An outlook is given for future important tests at a high-energy e{sup +}e{sup {minus}} collider.

  8. An undergraduate laboratory study of the polarisation of annihilation photons using Compton scattering

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    Knights, Patrick; Ryburn, Finlay; Tungate, Garry; Nikolopoulos, Konstantinos

    2018-01-01

    An experiment for the advanced undergraduate laboratory which allows students to study the effect of photon polarisation in Compton scattering and to explore q\\ uantum entanglement is described. The quantum entangled photons are produced through electron-positron annihilation in the $S$-state, and their polarisations a\\ re analysed using the Compton scattering cross-section dependence on the photon polarisation. The equipment necessary for this experiment is available at a typ\\ ical undergrad...

  9. electron-positron-photon plasma around a collapsing star

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    Ruffini, R.; Vitagliano, L.; Xue, S. -S.

    2003-01-01

    We describe electron-positron pairs creation around an electrically charged star core collapsing to an electromagnetic black hole (EMBH), as well as pairs annihilation into photons. We use the kinetic Vlasov equation formalism for the pairs and photons and show that a regime of plasma oscillations is established around the core. As a byproduct of our analysis we can provide an estimate for the thermalization time scale.

  10. Selection Rule for Enhanced Dark Matter Annihilation.

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    Das, Anirban; Dasgupta, Basudeb

    2017-06-23

    We point out a selection rule for enhancement (suppression) of odd (even) partial waves of dark matter coannihilation or annihilation using the Sommerfeld effect. Using this, the usually velocity-suppressed p-wave annihilation can dominate the annihilation signals in the present Universe. The selection mechanism is a manifestation of the exchange symmetry of identical incoming particles, and generic for multistate DM with off-diagonal long-range interactions. As a consequence, the relic and late-time annihilation rates are parametrically different and a distinctive phenomenology, with large but strongly velocity-dependent annihilation rates, is predicted.

  11. Dark matter annihilation in the circumgalactic medium at high redshifts

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    Schön, S.; Mack, K. J.; Wyithe, J. S. B.

    2018-03-01

    Annihilating dark matter (DM) models offer promising avenues for future DM detection, in particular via modification of astrophysical signals. However, when modelling such potential signals at high redshift, the emergence of both DM and baryonic structure, as well as the complexities of the energy transfer process, needs to be taken into account. In the following paper, we present a detailed energy deposition code and use this to examine the energy transfer efficiency of annihilating DM at high redshift, including the effects on baryonic structure. We employ the PYTHIA code to model neutralino-like DM candidates and their subsequent annihilation products for a range of masses and annihilation channels. We also compare different density profiles and mass-concentration relations for 105-107 M⊙ haloes at redshifts 20 and 40. For these DM halo and particle models, we show radially dependent ionization and heating curves and compare the deposited energy to the haloes' gravitational binding energy. We use the `filtered' annihilation spectra escaping the halo to calculate the heating of the circumgalactic medium and show that the mass of the minimal star-forming object is increased by a factor of 2-3 at redshift 20 and 4-5 at redshift 40 for some DM models.

  12. Basic principles of 18F-fluoro-deoxyglucose positron emission tomography

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    Standke, R.

    2002-01-01

    Positron emission tomography uses photons to receive regional information about dynamic, physiologic, and biochemical processes in the living body. A positron decay is measured indirectly by the simultaneous registration of both gamma rays created by the annihilation. The event is counted, if two directly opposite located detectors register gamma rays in coincidence. Unfortunately the detectors of a positron emission tomography system do not register only true coincident events. There are also scattered and random coincidences. Different types of positron tomographs are presented and scintillation crystals, which are in use for positron emission tomography are discussed. The 2D- and 3D-acquisition methods are described as well as preprocessing methods, such as correction for attenuation, scatter and dead time. For quantification the relative parameter standard uptake value (SUV) is explained. Finally hybrid systems, such as combined positron emission tomography/computed tomography scanners and the use of computed tomography data for attenuation correction are introduced. (author)

  13. Improving depth resolutions in positron beam spectroscopy by concurrent ion-beam sputtering

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    John, Marco; Dalla, Ayham; Ibrahim, Alaa M.; Anwand, Wolfgang; Wagner, Andreas; Böttger, Roman; Krause-Rehberg, Reinhard

    2018-05-01

    The depth resolution of mono-energetic positron annihilation spectroscopy using a positron beam is shown to improve by concurrently removing the sample surface layer during positron beam spectroscopy. During ion-beam sputtering with argon ions, Doppler-broadening spectroscopy is performed with energies ranging from 3 keV to 5 keV allowing for high-resolution defect studies just below the sputtered surface. With this technique, significantly improved depth resolutions could be obtained even at larger depths when compared to standard positron beam experiments which suffer from extended positron implantation profiles at higher positron energies. Our results show that it is possible to investigate layered structures with a thickness of about 4 microns with significantly improved depth resolution. We demonstrated that a purposely generated ion-beam induced defect profile in a silicon sample could be resolved employing the new technique. A depth resolution of less than 100 nm could be reached.

  14. Transmission positron microscopes

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    Doyama, Masao; Kogure, Yoshiaki; Inoue, Miyoshi; Kurihara, Toshikazu; Yoshiie, Toshimasa; Oshima, Ryuichiro; Matsuya, Miyuki

    2006-01-01

    Immediate and near-future plans for transmission positron microscopes being built at KEK, Tsukuba, Japan, are described. The characteristic feature of this project is remolding a commercial electron microscope to a positron microscope. A point source of electrons kept at a negative high voltage is changed to a point source of positrons kept at a high positive voltage. Positional resolution of transmission microscopes should be theoretically the same as electron microscopes. Positron microscopes utilizing trapping of positrons have always positional ambiguity due to the diffusion of positrons

  15. Compton backscattered annihilation line emission: A new diagnostic of accreting compact sources

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    Lingenfelter, Richard E.; Hua, Xin-Min

    1992-01-01

    It is shown that Compton scattering of 511 keV electron-positron annihilation radiation produces a line like feature at approx. 170 keV from backscattered photons. Assuming a simple model of an accretion disk around a compact source, the spectrum is explored of the spectrum of Compton scattered annihilation line emission for a range of conditions. It is further shown that such Compton baskscattering of annihilation line emission from the inner edge of an accretion disk could account for the previously unidentified 170 keV line emission and high energy continuum observed from a variable, compact source, or sources, of annihilation radiation near the Galactic Center. Identification of the observed 170 keV line as an annihilation line reflection feature provides strong new evidence that the source of the emission is an accreting compact object. Further study of these features in existing spectra and in forthcoming GRO observation of these and other sources can provide unique new diagnostics of the innermost regions of accretion disks around compact objects.

  16. Constraint on dark matter annihilation with dark star formation using Fermi extragalactic diffuse gamma-ray background data

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    Yuan, Qiang; Yue, Bin; Chen, Xuelei; Zhang, Bing

    2011-01-01

    It has been proposed that during the formation of the first generation stars there might be a ''dark star'' phase in which the power of the star comes from dark matter annihilation. The adiabatic contraction process to form the dark star would result in a highly concentrated density profile of the host halo at the same time, which may give enhanced indirect detection signals of dark matter. In this work we investigate the extragalactic γ-ray background from dark matter annihilation with such a dark star formation scenario, and employ the isotropic γ-ray data from Fermi-LAT to constrain the model parameters of dark matter. The results suffer from large uncertainties of both the formation rate of the first generation stars and the subsequent evolution effects of the host halos of the dark stars. We find, in the most optimistic case for γ-ray production via dark matter annihilation, the expected extragalactic γ-ray flux will be enhanced by 1-2 orders of magnitude. In such a case, the annihilation cross section of the supersymmetric dark matter can be constrained to the thermal production level, and the leptonic dark matter model which is proposed to explain the positron/electron excesses can be well excluded. Conversely, if the positron/electron excesses are of a dark matter annihilation origin, then the early Universe environment is such that no dark star can form

  17. 4.5 Tesla magnetic field reduces range of high-energy positrons -- Potential implications for positron emission tomography

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    Wirrwar, A.; Vosberg, H.; Herzog, H.; Halling, H.; Weber, S.; Mueller-Gaertner, H.W.; Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH

    1997-01-01

    The authors have theoretically and experimentally investigated the extent to which homogeneous magnetic fields up to 7 Tesla reduce the spatial distance positrons travel before annihilation (positron range). Computer simulations of a noncoincident detector design using a Monte Carlo algorithm calculated the positron range as a function of positron energy and magnetic field strength. The simulation predicted improvements in resolution, defined as full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) of the line-spread function (LSF) for a magnetic field strength up to 7 Tesla: negligible for F-18, from 3.35 mm to 2.73 mm for Ga-68 and from 3.66 mm to 2.68 mm for Rb-82. Also a substantial noise suppression was observed, described by the full-width at tenth-maximum (FWTM) for higher positron energies. The experimental approach confirmed an improvement in resolution for Ga-68 from 3.54 mm at 0 Tesla to 2.99 mm FWHM at 4.5 Tesla and practically no improvement for F-18 (2.97 mm at 0 Tesla and 2.95 mm at 4.5 Tesla). It is concluded that the simulation model is appropriate and that a homogeneous static magnetic field of 4.5 Tesla reduces the range of high-energy positrons to an extent that may improve spatial resolution in positron emission tomography

  18. Internal positron source production with a cyclotron and vacancy study in silicon

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    Kawasuso, Atsuo; Masuno, Shin-ichi; Okada, Sohei [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Takasaki, Gunma (Japan). Takasaki Radiation Chemistry Research Establishment; Hasegawa, Masayuki; Suezawa, Masashi

    1997-03-01

    In order to detect thermal vacancies in Si, in situ positron annihilation measurement has been performed using an internal source method. An increase (decrease) in S-parameter (W-parameter) was observed above 1200degC. It was explained in terms of the formation of thermal vacancies. (author)

  19. Estimates of Uncertainties in Analysis of Positron Lifetime Spectra for Metals

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    Eldrup, Morten Mostgaard; Huang, Y. M.; McKee, B. T. A.

    1978-01-01

    The effects of uncertainties and errors in various constraints used in the analysis of multi-component life-time spectra of positrons annihilating in metals containing defects have been investigated in detail using computer simulated decay spectra and subsequent analysis. It is found that the err...

  20. Positron emission tomography

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    Iio, Masahiro

    1982-01-01

    Utilization of positron emission tomography was reviewed in relation to construction and planned construction of small-size medical cyclotrons, planned construction of positron cameras and utilization of short-lived radionuclides. (Chiba, N.)